By David Buchbinder
Addresses the categorical query of the way specific theories produce sure sorts of readings of poems. This ebook deals an advent to literary thought and its relation to the learn of poetry, masking a basic dialogue of poetry and idea, new feedback, structuralism, deconstruction, Russian formalism and poetry and historical past. there's additionally a bit on poetry and gender, contributions through Barbara Milech. Following an advent to every of those components, a poem is taken into account within the gentle of every specific severe method. This publication is aimed in particular at undergraduate and postgraduate scholars, extra schooling and A-level scholars and tutors.
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The sense of loss present in the first quatrain is here extended, and developed further. The third quatrain also uses a metaphor common in Renaissance literature. The image of the fire that consumes its youth is an elaboration of the idea of the phoenix, the fabulous Arabian bird which, at the term of its life, builds its own funeral pyre and bursts spontaneously into flame. Out of this self-immolation comes the egg 30 Contemporary Literary Theory which, hatching in the warmth of the ashes, produces the new phoenix.
The substitution of a persona for the author allows the reader freer play in making sense of the text. We should not, however, assume therefore that the text can be made to mean whatever we want. The verbal structure, while it permits a number of possible readings, many of which may be layered over one another, is the final authority for meaning in the text. New Criticism assumes that the multiplicity of 22 Contemporary Literary Theory meaning is vested in the text, not in the reader - an important distinction, since structuralist and post-structuralist theory assumes the reverse.
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Contemporary Literary Theory and the Reading of Poetry by David Buchbinder