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Poetic Antagonyms

Poetic Antagonyms DaviD- aNToiNe williamS Bruised are our words and our full thought Breaks like dull rain from some rich cloud. Isaac Rosenberg My subject is lexical self-o pposition in English poetry. I approach it at a time of aggravated national self- opposition, from the viewpoint of a poet who had sepa- rated herself from the common life of her society, but like her I am concerned less with passing, outward antagonisms and more with an enduring, inward antago- nism. In early 184,6 Emily Dickinson wrote a poem (Fr87B) a 6 bout the experience of holding together a series of thoughts that seem both to resist each other and rebel against the thinker: I felt a Cleaving in my Mind - As if my Brain had split - I tried to match it - Seam by Seam - But could not make them fit - e t Th hought behind, I strove to join Unto the thought before - But Sequence ravelled out of Sound - Like Balls - upon a Floor - (Fr87B) 6 e Th re are many ways of discussing the tropes of division in this remarkable poem about a mind divided against itself. Dickinson’s distinctive dash, for http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

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Abstract

DaviD- aNToiNe williamS Bruised are our words and our full thought Breaks like dull rain from some rich cloud. Isaac Rosenberg My subject is lexical self-o pposition in English poetry. I approach it at a time of aggravated national self- opposition, from the viewpoint of a poet who had sepa- rated herself from the common life of her society, but like her I am concerned less with passing, outward antagonisms and more with an enduring, inward antago- nism. In early 184,6 Emily Dickinson wrote a poem (Fr87B) a 6 bout the experience of holding together a series of thoughts that seem both to resist each other and rebel against the thinker: I felt a Cleaving in my Mind - As if my Brain had split - I tried to match it - Seam by Seam - But could not make them fit - e t Th hought behind, I strove to join Unto the thought before - But Sequence ravelled out of Sound - Like Balls - upon a Floor - (Fr87B) 6 e Th re are many ways of discussing the tropes of division in this remarkable poem about a mind divided against itself. Dickinson’s distinctive dash, for

Journal

The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: May 12, 2013

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