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Positive As Sound : Emily Dickinson's Rhyme (Paperback)

Author: Small, Judy Jo

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The Strange Rhymes of Emily Dickinson's verse have offended some readers, attracted others, and proved a stumbling block for editors and critics. This book, the first and only thorough analysis of the poet's rhyming practice, reveals the vital aesthetic and semantic value of her rhymes. Sensitive close readings of individual poems show that Dickinson's deviations from "normal" rhyme schemes play a significant part in her artistic design, helping to structure her lyrics and contributing to their dynamic shifts of mood and meaning.

"Scholarship of the first order that accounts in greater measure for the enigmatic effectiveness of Dickinson poetry. The light this book sheds on the method in Dickinson's `Madness' is bound to influence future studies: perennial readers will find it rewarding; more serious scholars, especially translators, will find it indispensable."---American Literature

"As a mixture of criticism and poetics, Small's study is remarkable for its lucid demonstrations and for its analytic method in approaching rhyme as an intersection point in poetics, as well as for the broader questions it raises."---Poetics Today

"Small has the distinction of being the first to listen closely to the poet. As many have long suspected---and as the author convincingly demonstrates---Dickinson's ostensibly erratic, even bizarre, rhymes are purposeful and, in her best poems, not only enhance the meaning, but direct it. ... [An] insightful and judicious study."---Choice


Publisher Univ of Georgia Pr
Mfg Part# 9780820334646
SKU 212594808
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0820334642
Release Date 5/1/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0280
Publisher University of Georgia Press
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