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Poetry and the limits of language

McCredden, Lyn 2015, Poetry and the limits of language, Language and semiotic studies, vol. 1, no. 4, Winter, pp. 95-107.

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Title Poetry and the limits of language
Author(s) McCredden, LynORCID iD for McCredden, Lyn orcid.org/0000-0003-3956-0964
Journal name Language and semiotic studies
Volume number 1
Issue number 4
Season Winter
Start page 95
End page 107
Total pages 13
Publisher Soochow University Press
Place of publication Suzhou, China
Publication date 2015
ISSN 2096-031X
Keyword(s) Language
silence
poetry
limits of language
meaning-making
Summary This essay argues that poetic language offers the possibility of meaning and value, and simultaneously points beyond itself, to the limits of language, to a space differently configured as erasure, silence, the unsignifiable. What does it suggest, epistemologically and ontologically, if we acknowledge this double action of poetic language? What might this space beyond language be, and what difference does it make if we acknowledge this space? The essay examines four poems and the different ways in which they acknowledge such a space, drawing on the historically distinct approaches of Meister Eckhart and Jacques Derrida in order to ask what the space beyond language might be. The argument of the essay is that in acknowledging such a space something opens up for writers and readers of poetry: a different approach to knowing, and a potentially humbled ontological position.
Language eng
Field of Research 200525 Literary Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language
HERDC Research category C2 Other contribution to refereed journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Soochow University Press
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083651

Document type: Journal Article
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