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The Rift in The LuteAttuning Poetry and Philosophy$
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Maximilian de Gaynesford

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198797265

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198797265.001.0001

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Elaborating the Type

Elaborating the Type

(p.135) 9 Elaborating the Type
The Rift in The Lute

Maximilian de Gaynesford

Oxford University Press

The Chaucer-type proves remarkably resistant to analysis, so that philosophers have disagreed strenuously about various issues: in particular, whether Chaucer-type utterances belong to the grammatical form of statements, and whether what they say is evaluable as true or false. These disagreements heighten our awareness of recurrent features of the use of the form in poetry, so that philosophy enables us to penetrate more deeply into a range of instances in English verse—from Yeats, Raine, Gunn, Prynne, Duffy, Hill, and others. Certain questions come to the fore when we blend philosophy and poetry in this way: what is the Chaucer-type for? What uses does it have? Our investigations reveal the complexities here: the form has a remarkably wide and varying range of uses.

Keywords:   Austin, Chaucer-type, Davidson, Yeats, Raine, Gunn, truth-evaluable, Lewis, Prynne, Hill

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