The aim of this course is to introduce the student to poetry from a linguistic point of view. Poetry will be contrasted with prose on the basis of phonological, syntactic and semantic criteria.
Short quizzes every second week as well as a final examination.
Leech, G.: A Linguistic Guide to English Poetry. Preminger, A.: Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.
The difference between prose and poetry and the finer distinction of poetry and verse.
Pure stress metres.
Pure syllablic metres.
Kinds of poetry: ballads, folk-songs and children's rhymes.
The epic poem as seen in various cultures.
The lyric poem and its varieties.
The phonological elements of poetry: rhyme, alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia.
Syntactic devices of poetry.
Semantic devices of poetry: metaphor, simile, personification etc.
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