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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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Form in Poetry

Form in Poetry

(p.75) 5 Form in Poetry
Don Paterson

Don Paterson

Derek Attridge

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents an interview with Paterson on the subject of sound, metre, and the meaning of lyric. Paterson responds to questions such as what he believes is the reach of his theorising in his essays; whether his account of the short poem is applicable to Shakespeare's sonnets, Keats's odes, Dickinson's verses, etc.; the amount of training a reader needs to be able to read a poem as a poem and not something else; how he determines the success of a poem is by holding it at arm's length and looking at the disposition of vowels and consonants; and his claim about the different function of vowels and consonants.

Keywords:   Don Paterson, British poetry, British poets, poetic sound, poetic metre, lyric, interviews

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