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ERIC Number: EJ1117990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0155-2147
Talking about Poetry--Using the Model of Language in Systemic Functional Linguistics to Talk about Poetic Texts
Huisman, Rosemary
English in Australia, v51 n2 p7-19 2016
Poetry is the art shaped through language; to talk about a poem we need at least to talk about its language--but what can be said will depend on the particular linguistic theory, with its particular modelling of language, which we bring to the description. This paper outlines the approach of SFL (Systemic Functional Linguistics), describing in turn its five dimensions of language choice and the relevance of each to talking about poetic text. This includes ways of talking about the poem as a visual text and as a spoken text, and of relating those choices to choices of wording (grammar and vocabulary), meaning and social context. Two poems by contemporary Australian poets are discussed in detail, "Open Hands", by Geoff Lemon and "Tigers", by Judith Beveridge.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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