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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263945

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263945.001.0001

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Byron, Conversation and Discord

Byron, Conversation and Discord

Chatterton Lecture On Poetry

(p.111) Byron, Conversation and Discord
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 139, 2005 Lectures


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This chapter focuses on the force of Byron as a ‘talker’ between poetry and conversation in English verse. It discusses the conversational mode of his poetry, which is noted to be often taken for granted. The chapter also explores Byron's mobile attention to the role of the reader and with the degree of dissonance or friction that the reader helps engender. It shows that the boundaries of both speech and poetry are both enforced and eroded by Byron.

Keywords:   poetry, conversation, English verse, conversational mode, dissonance, friction, speech and poetry, Byron

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