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Music and the English Lyric Poem: Explporations in Conceptual Blending

Green, Keith (2011) Music and the English Lyric Poem: Explporations in Conceptual Blending. MMus thesis, University of Sheffield.

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Music and The English Lyric Poem: Explorations in Conceptual Blending Although lyrics are addressed primarily to the ear, the development of lyric poetry, that is of 'lyrical' poetry that is not necessarily meant to be sung , is partly the consequence of the rise of print communication and tends to "address the ear through the eye". As a result, there was a development, from the Renaissance, of linguistically and pragmatically dense poetry; essentially poetry to be encountered through reading, rather than hearing. When such poetry is set to music we have two aesthetic and communicative modes presented to the same sense-modality. And yet the complexity of poetry is partly the result of a particular reading strategy; to read a poem is to read words as poetry. In doing so we make 'vertical' semantic connexions which are more difficult to construe when addressed to the ear in a musical setting. Thus there is a tension between the movement of the music, heard as a temporal, sonic medium, and the complexities of the poem, conceived as spatial, graphic form. This dissertation explores the relationship between poetry and music through a consideration of the theory of conceptual blending.

Item Type: Thesis (MMus)
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > Music (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Dr Keith Green
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2011 14:43
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2013 08:47
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1768

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