By Geoffrey N. Leech
Seeks to illustrate that the research of English poetry is enriched by means of the insights of recent linguistic research, and that linguistic and demanding disciplines are usually not separate yet complementary. studying quite a lot of poetry, Professor Leech considers many facets of poetic type, together with the language of earlier and current, artistic language, poetic licence, repetition, sound, metre, context and ambiguity.
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The connection is, broadly speaking, a connection either of similarity or of contrast. In Goldsmith's line' Where wealth accumulates and men decay' it is obviously one of ironic contrast. Other examples of a contrastive connection are: He raised a mortal to the skies; She drew an angel down. [Dryden, Alexander's Feast] To err is human, to forgive, divine. [Pope, An Essay on Criticism] It is to cases like these, in which formal parallelism is combined with an implication of contrast, that the term ANTITHESIS is most readily applied.
LEE, 'The New Criticism and the Language of Poetry', in FOWLER, op. , 29-3 0. W. Y. TINDALL, A Reader'sGuide to Dylan Thomas, London, 1962, II7· See G. N. 2 (1965), 66-75. Linguistic analysis and interpretation here correspond partially to what Richards calls the "technical part' and the' critical part' respectively of literary exegesis. Sec 1. A. RICHARDS, Principles oj Literary Criticism, London, 1925, 23-24. Also B. LEE, loc. cit. An excellent linguistic account of parallelism is to be found in R.
A further example, this time a syntactic one, is seen in the second line of this couplet: IIIfares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates and men decay. [Goldsmith, The Deserted Village] The relevant units in this casearc not measures or syllables, but clauses. The italicized parts of the line have identical syntactic structures: each consists of a single-word subject followed by a single-word predicate. ), the poet insistson an exact repetition. The term' parallelism' is above all associated with this sort ofsyntactic repetition.