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Kathleen JamieEssays and Poems on Her work$
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Rachel Falconer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748696000

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696000.001.0001

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Repetition, Return and the Negotiation of Place in The Tree House

Repetition, Return and the Negotiation of Place in The Tree House

(p.93) 9. Repetition, Return and the Negotiation of Place in The Tree House
Kathleen Jamie

Lynn Davidson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses how, in Kathleen Jamie’s The Tree House, intertextual repetends draw attention to the responsive and mutable nature of language in order to ask questions about compositions of place within the natural world. It suggests that repeated words alter in meaning due to the influence of their syntactic environment. It then goes on to discuss how, as the repeated word moves through different syntactic contexts with the resulting alterations in aspects of its meaning, the repetitions can provide possibilities for re-imagining some established narratives – especially concepts of belonging and place. Specifically, the shifts in meaning and resonance allow the poems to ask, in a variety of settings, if and how human-made templates of ownership and mythology are relevant in a contemporary, environmentally compromised world.

Keywords:   Kathleen Jamie, The Tree House, Repetition, Place, Belonging, syntactic environment, intertextual repetends

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