Category: Writing About Literature

A potential development for cognitive poetics: text world theory and verbo-visual narratives

I’ve posted this essay in pdf format because it’s almost 4000 words long and there are lots of pictures, so it’s a bit easier this way. This is my first foray into text world theory and I’ve got some of it wrong, to be honest, so if you want to make use of the arguments…

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Intertextuality and the poetry of John Heath-Stubbs

In this essay I explore the implications of T. S. Eliot’s statement in ‘Tradition and the Individual Talent’ that ‘[n]o poet, no artist of any art, has his complete meaning alone’. Eliot imagines the entire collection of literary works as ‘an ideal order’ of ‘existing monuments’ (1920). Every new work is a product of that…

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‘The Battle of Maldon’ and Byrhtnoth’s ‘ofermod’

‘What we must applaud is the poet’s selection of material which fits his structure and the presentation of his theme’. Is this a valid response to The Battle of Maldon?  The Old English font employed throughout for particular characters is Junius by Peter S. Baker. Downloaded on 14 September 2016 from [Please note it…

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