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Symmetric and asymmetric relations, and the aesthetics of form in poetic language

Fabb, Nigel (2009) Symmetric and asymmetric relations, and the aesthetics of form in poetic language. European English Messenger, 18 (1). pp. 50-59. ISSN 0960 4545

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Abstract

This article asks how the properties of symmetry and asymmetry, as aesthetic properties, are realized in literary language. I will argue that language makes available many kinds of asymmetry, and that the asymmetry often holds between two elements which are at the same time in a symmetric relation. This coincidence of an asymmetric and a symmetric relation between the same linguistic elements may be one source of the aesthetics of literary language.

Item type: Article
ID code: 16673
Keywords: linguistics, aesthetics, metre, english studies, English, Philology. Linguistics
Subjects: Language and Literature > English
Language and Literature > Philology. Linguistics
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English
Depositing user: Mrs Tereza McLaughlin-Vanova
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2010 14:31
Last modified: 15 Apr 2015 17:22
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URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/16673

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