The Narratological Analysis of Lyric Poetry: Studies in English Poetry from the 16th to the 20th Century
This study offers a fresh approach to the theory and practice of poetry criticism from a narratological perspective. Arguing that lyric poems share basic constituents of narration with prose fiction, namely temporal sequentiality of events and verbal mediation, the authors propose the transgeneric application of narratology to the poetic genre with the aim of utilizing the sophisticated framework of narratological categories for a more precise and complex modeling of the poetic text. On this basis, the study provides a new impetus to the neglected field of poetic theory as well as to methodology. The practical value of such an approach is then demonstrated by detailed model analyses of canonical English poems from all major periods between the 16th and the 20th centuries. The comparative discussion of these analyses draws general conclusions about the specifics of narrative structures in lyric poetry in contrast to prose fiction.
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In what follows , the Dean's friends humiliate him on the basis of his literary ability
. From their perspective , he seems old - fashioned , his stories are too long and
repetitive : ' He takes an hour to find a rhyme : / His Fire is out , his Wit decay'd ...
2.2.1 The Admirer's Praise of the Dean The speech of the admirer is functionally
opposed to the sequence according to which another's misfortune increases
one's own sense of self - value . The first sequence states that notable
2.2.2 Deterioration of the Political and Moral Situation As well as relating
episodes from the life of the Dean and praising ... The sequence concerning the
Dean's biography is linked to this sequence of decline because the political
situation in ...
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The Theory and Methodology of the Narratological Analysis of Lyric Poetry Peter Hühn and Jörg Schönert 1
They flee from me Jens Kiefer
Sonnet 107 Peter Hühn
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