Unity in Poetry

  • John G. FitchEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine book series (PLSM)


This chapter argues that poetry seeks to make connections between things in the world (notably through metaphor and simile), and between the self and the external world. It also strives to harmonise various human capacities (emotion, the body, rhythm and rhyme). Furthermore it aims at unity, i.e. ‘formal integrity’ (Wendell Berry), in the poem itself.


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  1. 1.University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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