Strategies of Poetic Narrative: Chaucer, Spenser, Milton, Eliot by Clare Regan KinneyStrategies of Poetic Narrative: Chaucer, Spenser, Milton, Eliot by Clare Regan Kinney

Strategies of Poetic Narrative: Chaucer, Spenser, Milton, Eliot

byClare Regan Kinney

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It is remarkable that some theoretical developments in narratology have bypassed poetic narratives, concentrating almost exclusively on prose fiction. Clare Kinney's original study aims to redress the balance by exploring the distinctive narrative strategies of fictions which unfold in the artificial and self-conscious schemes of language bound by poetic form. Kinney's close readings of three sophisticated poetic narratives, Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, Book VI of Spenser's The Faerie Queene, and Milton's Paradise Lost, suggest that these diverse works are united by a common tendency to exploit the alternative patterns of lyric in order to defer undesirable conclusions and offer subversive counterplots. Finally, an exploration of Eliot's The Waste Land as poetic 'anti-narrative' leads into a consideration of the ways in which poetic fictions employ their various, inherently double designs - in particular their ability to invoke the resources of lyric - to pre-empt unhappy endings by telling at least two stories at the same time.

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Title:Strategies of Poetic Narrative: Chaucer, Spenser, Milton, EliotFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.63 inPublished:February 26, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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1. Some strategies of poetic narrative; 2. Dilation, design and didacticism in Troilus and Criseyde; 3. The end of questing, the quest for an ending: circumscribed vision in The Faerie Queene Book VI; 4. Inspired duplicity: the multiple designs of Paradise Lost; 5. The ends of poetic narrative; Notes.