On Poetry and uncertain Subjects

Underwood, J W. 2017. On Poetry and uncertain Subjects. The Poetry Review(107:4), ISSN 2514-4456 [Article]

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An excerpt from a work in progress: 'Not Even This: Essays on Poetry and Uncertainty', adapted and published in 'The Poetry Review, 107:4, Winter 2017'

The essay re-examines how poetic discourse relies upon language's uncertainty as an interpretive system. Rathe than arising from theoretical consideration, the experience and negotiation of uncertainty is central to a poet's practice, because poems are designed to necessitate the imaginative participation of an unknowable, imagined other. Rather than being an impasse, this uncertainty, it is argued, is central to how poems work towards inter-subjective exchange and dialogue.

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English and Comparative Literature


24 October 2016Accepted
2 February 2017Published

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25 Jul 2018 15:34

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29 Apr 2020 16:48



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