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Don PatersonContemporary Critical Essays$
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Natalie Pollard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748669417

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748669417.001.0001

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Don Paterson’s Ars Poetica

Don Paterson’s Ars Poetica

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(p.21) 1 Don Paterson’s Ars Poetica
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Don Paterson
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Derek Attridge

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748669417.003.0001

This chapter considers the ambitious theoretical project of Paterson's forthcoming book, which attempts to establish a new basis for the current discourse about how poems work in terms of sound, patterning, and meaning. It focuses on Paterson's essays ‘The Lyric Principle’ and ‘The Domain of the Poem’, addressing such topics as what techniques make language memorable, the function of language patterning, and the links between aural organizations and originality. It attends especially to Paterson's analysis of sounds, sound-clusters, and their link with meaning, including the ‘phonestheme’, a term debated in stylistics since it was coined by J. R. Firth in 1930. Paterson's arguments about ‘trope’, ‘integration’, the play of ‘conceptual domains’ and the ‘thematic domains’ entered into in negotiating poetic meaning are also covered.

Keywords:   Don Paterson, British poetry, British poets, poems, language patterning, poetic meaning, aural organization, phonestheme

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