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 the proem , this behavioural pattern is not associated with a temporal
framework : the narrative structure is mediated ... the validity of the schema
precisely on the basis of his friends ' behaviour : “ Swift : Verses on the Death of
Dr. Swift 71.
cisely on the basis of his friends ' behaviour : “ When I foresee my special Friends
, / Will try to find their private Ends : / Tho ' it is hardly understood , / Which way my
Death can do them good ' ( 11. 75–80 ) . In what follows , the Dean's friends ...
39 ) , and unrefined behaviour ( " drink our bocks ' , 1. 40 ) . In more general terms
, refuge is sought in alternative company . The precise nature of this company is
not specified , but it is formulated by the speaker in his mind , with the lady ...
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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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