But I Digress: The Exploitation of Parentheses in English Printed Verse

But I Digress: The Exploitation of Parentheses in English Printed Verse

by John Lennard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198112475

ISBN-13: 9780198112471

Pub. Date: 01/02/1992

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

For three centuries grammarians have argued about the necessity of parentheses. While some consider them subordinate, additional, irrelevant, and even damaging to the clarity of argument, Lennard's history explores how writers such as Marlowe, Swift, Coleridge, Browning, Derek Walcott, and e.e. cummings used them in their work as vehicles for pointing dramatic

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For three centuries grammarians have argued about the necessity of parentheses. While some consider them subordinate, additional, irrelevant, and even damaging to the clarity of argument, Lennard's history explores how writers such as Marlowe, Swift, Coleridge, Browning, Derek Walcott, and e.e. cummings used them in their work as vehicles for pointing dramatic gesture, controlling tone, adding humor, and intensifying satire, in addition to contributing to the clarity of argument. Lennard offers both a new history of the poetic use of parentheses from their first appearance in England in 1494 to the present day, and detailed case-studies of five major poets who exploited them. He reveals how in each period the patterns of literary use have reflected, and continue to reflect, technological, philosophical, and political developments.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198112471
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/02/1992
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.04(d)

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