Showing in telling

Atherton, Cassandra 2019, Showing in telling, Axon: creative explorations, no. C4.

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Title Showing in telling
Author(s) Atherton, CassandraORCID iD for Atherton, Cassandra orcid.org/0000-0001-6866-8566
Journal name Axon: creative explorations
Issue number C4
Publisher University of Canberra, Faculty of Arts and Design
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Publication date 2019-05-19
ISSN 1838-8973
Summary The quotation, ‘Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass’ is often cited as the first example of the adage, ‘Show, don’t tell’. Attributed to Chekhov, it encourages the writer to paint a picture for the reader, rather than explain everything to them. Compressed forms generally—like lyric poetry, prose poetry and even microfiction—are invested in ways of ‘showing’ because they have a limited space to ‘tell’ and therefore turn on their economy of words and expression. Poetic forms, in particular, are enigmatic because with compression comes ellipsis. Furthermore, the imagistic quality of poetry and its use of metaphors and similes provides an idea in the reader’s mind that not only limits words but also opens out beyond the bounds of the poem. Poems, in their appeal to showing rather than telling, embrace more than the sum of their individual parts.1
Language eng
Field of Research 200503 British and Irish Literature
200518 Literature In Japanese
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2019, The Author
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30121946

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