A Narratological Approach to the Analysis of Lyric Poems

27.10.2021, 18:00–20:00 Uhr
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Gastvortrag von Prof. Dr. Peter Hühn

The DFG Center for Advanced Studies “Russian-Language Poetry in Transition” (FOR 2603) cordially invites you to a lecture with Prof.Dr. Peter Hühn

A Narratological Approach to the Analysis of Lyric Poems

Although the genre of lyric poetry is not defined by narrativity, poems do use narrative devices pervasively in organizing both their overall sequential structure as well as subordinate sections. This is due to the function of narration as a privileged instrument for ordering perception, consciousness, imagination, communication and experience, ultimately based on the fact that human conditions of life and communication are determined by change, by being subject to time. Because of the pervasive use of narrative elements in lyric poetry, it is fruitful to apply categories and methods originally designed for the study of narrative prose fiction to analyse how lyric poems create an aesthetic expression of experience and make sense of it. This transgeneric application of narratological categories and principles has to be adapted to the genre of lyrical poetry by taking into account the distinctly poetic manner in which poems render narrative elements (such as speakers, characters, settings, actions) as well as by tracing the effect of prosodic and poetic devices (such as rhyming, metre, segmentation). This approach will be demonstrated by the detailed analysis of two recent British poems, “Homecoming” by Simon Armitage and “Love Made Yeah” by Glyn Maxwell.

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