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


Research Fields

Contemporary Literature and Culture
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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