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The Experience of PoetryFrom Homer's Listeners to Shakespeare's Readers$
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Derek Attridge

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198833154

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198833154.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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(p.iii) The Experience of Poetry
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Derek Attridge

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198833154.003.0001

By way of introduction, the issue of a poem’s mode of existence is raised, and the centrality of the listener’s or reader’s experience is emphasized. Some of the difficulties of writing a history of that experience from archaic Greece to the English Renaissance are discussed: one of these is the paucity of evidence and the consequent debates among scholars; another is the porousness of the boundaries between poetry and drama, on the one hand, and poetry and music, on the other. Although verse was valued for a number of different qualities and effects throughout this period, its function as poetry is inseparable from its power to provide pleasure.

Keywords:   experience, poetry, evidence, drama, music, pleasure

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