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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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Conclusion: Weaving New Webs

Conclusion: Weaving New Webs

(p.249) Conclusion: Weaving New Webs
The Rift in The Lute

Maximilian de Gaynesford

Oxford University Press

In taking an attuned approach to the work of another poet, Robert Southwell, we recapitulate the main themes of the book: what it is for poetry to be serious and to be taken seriously. What it is to treat those responsible for poetic utterances as doing things in saying what they say. What it is to perform such actions, bringing about effects, things done. What work poetry sets itself, and how this determines the way it is to be judged. What poets commit themselves to, and what they may be (held) responsible for. What role a poet has, or their audience, or their context, in determining the meaning of a poem; what work it is able to achieve. And underlying this, the issue of receptivity: what it is to be open to poetry, exposed to its force, attuned to what it says, and alive to what it does.

Keywords:   Southwell, seriousness, commitment, responsibility, attunement, Chaucer-type, Shakespeare, Austin, Dyer

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