Poetics of Loss: The Elegy in Andrew Motion's Poetry

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Publication Details

Author(s): Lempe K
Editor(s): Rudolf Freiburg; Heike Paul
Publisher: LIT
Publishing place: Münster
Publication year: 2014
Title of series: Reihe: Erlanger Studien zur Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Volume: 15
Language: English


Abstract




With the removal of death from the public sphere, mourning has become a private matter. At the same time, particularly in poetry, the trend is reversed. An intensely elegiac quality and a focus on absence, death and loss can be observed in contemporary Anglophone poetry.



This study shows the poetry of Andrew Motion in the context of the contemporary elegy, a genre which is at a crossroads between the anti-consolatory refusal to mourn, the inability to move past grief, and the strong wish for redemption from grief. Motion's poetry, which mainly deals with pre-emptive attempts to cope with loss, can be seen as a typical example for the contemporary melancholy mood in poetry.




Additional Organisation
Lehrstuhl für Anglistik, insbesondere Literaturwissenschaft


How to cite

APA:
Lempe, K. (2014). Poetics of Loss: The Elegy in Andrew Motion's Poetry. Münster: LIT.

MLA:
Lempe, Katharina. Poetics of Loss: The Elegy in Andrew Motion's Poetry. Münster: LIT, 2014.

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