Oxford Applied Linguistics: Practical Stylistics: An Approach to Poetry

Paperback | September 1, 1992

byH. G. Widdowson

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This book takes a particular perspective on the nature of poetry and follows this through to proposals for teaching. It focuses attention on how the use of language in short poems can set up conditions for individual interpretation and the representation of reality in ways other than thosewhich are established by normal social convention. This view of poetry, it is argued, leads to a recognition of its essential role in education, and provides a set of principles for an approach to teaching it which integrates the study of language and literature.

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This book takes a particular perspective on the nature of poetry and follows this through to proposals for teaching. It focuses attention on how the use of language in short poems can set up conditions for individual interpretation and the representation of reality in ways other than thosewhich are established by normal social conventi...

Professor Henry Widdowson is Emeritus Professor of Education, University of London, and has also been Professor of Applied Linguistics at Essex University and Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Vienna.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:244 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 0.47 inPublished:September 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0194371840

ISBN - 13:9780194371841

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionPART ONE The significance of poetry1 To begin with: common features and uncouth rhymes2 Significance beyond plain speaking3 Procedures for interpretation: reference and representation4 Dissociation from context: the poem on the page5 Verbal patterning and the grammar of representation6 Time and place in a different dimension7 Other patterns, alternative realities8 Parallel lines and parallel texts9 Intertextual associations10 Aesthetic effects and relative values11 So the meaning escapes ...12 In summaryPART TWO The teaching of poetry1 The point of poetry2 Educational relevance; recreation and language awareness3 Pedagogic approaches; against exegesis4 Composing poetic text: line assembly5 Completing poetic text: verse blanks6 Intertextual comparison and the use of variants7 Comparing poems with prose description8 Deriving poems from prose description9 Deriving and comparing poetic variants10 Progressive derivation: composing interim versions11 Using prose paraphrases12 Comparing derived and authorized versions13 Comparing different modes of poetic writing14 In conclusion br /NotesAppendixBibliographyIndexIndex of poets