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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263037

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263037.001.0001

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Elegies of Form in Bishop, Plath, Stevenson

Elegies of Form in Bishop, Plath, Stevenson

Warton Lecture on English Poetry

(p.257) Elegies of Form in Bishop, Plath, Stevenson
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 121, 2002 Lectures

Angela Leighton

British Academy

This lecture discusses form, which is a term that has multiform meanings and is contradictory. It looks at the sense of form found in the works of Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop, and Anne Stevenson. Form is not simply as a matter of formal technique, but as an object in a tradition that goes back to Victorian aestheticism's playful commodifications of its own formal pleasures. It states that the sense of elegy may be greater or lesser, depending on the poem.

Keywords:   form, sense of form, Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Stevenson, formal technique, Victorian aestheticism, formal pleasures, sense of elegy

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