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The Lyric Reading Performance

  • Jeff Barda
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature book series (PMEL)

Abstract

This chapter provides separate readings of the six poets under consideration. It shows how the reconfiguration of the lyric expresses itself through the act of reading. By developing a conceptual framework which combines reception theory and cognitive studies, this chapter argues that disruptions of narrative structure make the poem an event in the lyric present. The distinctions between these various techniques of disruption reveal different effects that include nonsense, incommensurability and vagueness, among others, which have divergent effects. The chapter demonstrates precisely how the interaction and interrelation of textual perspectives in relation to expectations reflect an understanding of the conditions of meaning and of the eliciting of emotional import. Through detailed close readings, this chapter argues that the chief preoccupation of contemporary poetry continues to be an attempt to make the autonomy of the mind manifest, while, at the same time, questioning its own processes and ways of describing the world.

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