Tuesday, 25 July 2000

From "Prosody and Reconciliation"

By Keston Sutherland.

The point is not that every line of poetry is so obviously liable to be construed as a separate semantic event [...] but that every line is, at least in the current stage of philological history, absolutely liable to be so construed. The separated semantic unit, considered as an event that coincides with the event of the metrical unit, need not seem intelligible or even explicable through paraphrase: it is still a unit of sense even if the sense united is totally opaque. Without recognising this freedom to

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