Ambiguity in poetry. Poetic Ambiguity 2019-01-12

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Poetic Ambiguity

ambiguity in poetry

There is ambiguity and there are levels of meaning. Whereas it was suggested in the examples from Clarke and Browning that the ambiguity occurs depending on how much the reader dissolves or maintains the lunulae, integrates or segregates them from their surrounding text, often in modern poetry to manipulate the lunulae would be to reduce the poem to an almost mathematical exercise which undermines our presumption of poetry as being a dignified aesthetic mode. Fiction writers are particularly suspect because they write about human beings, and people are morally ambiguous. Here, the word 'grave' has more than one meaning. Is falling in love an assurance of a lifelong partnership or the first sign of an inevitable heartbreak? Certainly it is possible to create ambiguity by forcing the reader to determine at what level of activity a word or phrase is working, that is to say how parenthetical or fundamental a word is in the general argumentative trend. There is an ambiguity of its meaning, the two parts of which depend on how we maintain the lunulae when read, but dissolve the lunulae when spoken. Thus the effect of reading the lunulae aloud may be unconscious.

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Humor and Ambiguity in Poetry: The Case of Emily Dickinson

ambiguity in poetry

Was some kind of resistance organized? The first lunulae is remarkable for it is the first time that the qualities of a lost object are described and elaborated. By placing an ellipsis in parenthesis, Hill suggests a closed and permanent loop of played scenes of destruction. Although egocentrically derived the writer is aware of the political nature of her work and that the poem has pragmatic, as well as personal, ambitions. The E-mail message field is required. Ambiguity is a major device for the poet to engage us imaginatively, by forcing us to evaluate the balance of a particular phrase. The inherent contradiction, as evidenced in Jones's statement, in writing something apparently unimportant but which, by the very act of writing, demands attention is present in the parenthesis in poetry, which implies suppression but maintains a presence equivalent to, if not greater than, the poem which lies outside the brackets. In response to uncertainty, we are driven to make meaning of our experiences and in so doing to reduce uncertainty.

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Poetry Workshop: Ambiguity

ambiguity in poetry

Cummings reads his Collected Poetry 1943-1958 , E. Jams and jellies of blackberry… ll. This is often achieved by having the lunulae, with its association as a kind of sotto voce, deliver a private emotional subtext against the current of the ostensibly public poem. By challenging established wisdom Hill prevents any sense of satisfying judgement. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. This is why it is so important to match correct phrasing while writing. This invitation to work with the lunulae, rather than simply accepting what the poet has written occurs in Harrison's poem 'The Heartless Art' Selected Poems, p.


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Poetic Ambiguity

ambiguity in poetry

Importantly, however, the act of writing is different to the act of speaking and whilst a lunulae can be written, it cannot be spoken. But it could also be a wall that mends. However, we do discuss the ways that words are used to create precise meaning or to leave murky and Ambiguous messages. It leads to confusion in politics, but layers of complexity to poems and literature. For example, the word 'break'.

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Lexical ambiguity in poetry (Book, 1994) [designr.it]

ambiguity in poetry

In a paradoxical usage the thing, emotion or action, happening within the lunulae opposes the thing occurring outside it so as to make the maintenance of different simultaneous meanings absurd, although through this senselessness fulfilling an objective of the poet. It might be argued that the lunulae has a similar coarseness because it stresses that something is parenthetical rather than allowing us to work this out for ourselves. The lunulae is used not simply as a marker of voice difference but as a means of motivating our reactions based on our conventional responses to the nature of a parenthetical clause. Because poetry is such a compressed and information-rich language, with so many parts of speech banging up against one another unprotected by the redundant words of prose, it would be almost impossible to exclude ambiguity altogether. Forsaking her usual form of analyzing a poem's content in terms of opinions expressed, her interest on this occasion was on what is withheld, the ambiguity resulting from demands made on the reader to contribute. The lunulae lose their unique containing quality and become conflated, like a homophone, with other forms of parenthetical idea such as the line break or the comma such that it cannot be made clear to the listener that the poet is consciously marking something out as being parenthetical.


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Ambiguity Poems

ambiguity in poetry

Evolution happened, there is no debate within science as to whether it happened, and so on. This satisfies the purely technical usage of lunulae in the written text. Looking at the role of ambiguity in the different disciplines therefore is one way of considering the relationship between them. However, when read aloud the visual properties of question and brackets, which demonstrate Hill's poem to be functioning tangentially to humankind's usual forms of remembrance, become lost. When images and poetry were presented together, there was a tendency to assume the images were produced to accompany the poems, and not vice versa. The Value and Risks of Ambiguity The risks of ambiguity are quite obvious; the reader can misunderstand you! The real world is not cut-and-dry, so it makes sense if our stories leave a little room for interpretation.


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Poetry Workshop: Ambiguity

ambiguity in poetry

Finally, for the third one, it could be read that the boat Queen Mary is being cleaned, while another reading could be more comical as Queen Mary, a person, having her bottom scraped. The lunulae of the poem contain moments of private insight which suggest that the tension is resolved in favour of the latter relationship. The Play Way Sunlight pillars through glass, probes each desk For milk-tops, drinking straws and the old dry crusts. Although Tiresias seems to link past, present and future in the passage, the lunulae also suggest his separation from the action. Although theoretically the lunulae ought not to be there, they are appropriate because of their visual quality. When a sentence is ambiguous, it has at least two different interpretations. The pens are busy, the tongues mime Their blundering embrace of the free Word.

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The Pequod

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Heaney has some notes, but nothing as formal as a lesson plan. The lunula refers to the actual curve of one bracket, and lunulae, the plural, refers to both opening and closing curves, and the textual contents between them. But after the war, it turned out that this phrase had never been defined; it was left ambiguous. Irelandin 1991, mosley pushed balestre for the rookie of fisa. As I see it then, the poet is saying that if something unphysical was ever to intrude into this relationship, say feelings of eroticism, of love or of some mental or spiritual imperative, then the excitement that his body held for them, the voices of the poem, would be over. The weed stood in the severed heart.

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Ambiguity: Definitions and Examples

ambiguity in poetry

The poem set me thinking again about the whole question of ambiguity in poetry. Why is it that something which in much prose writing as in the two notices above would be thought an error of either diction or reasoning, becomes not merely legitimate for the poet, but prized? Stanzas, chapters, different styles of typography or even the line break may all be recruited to demarcate one sequence of language as being distinct from another, whilst still being incorporated in the text as a whole. Unless the rhythm or the sense or the formal punctuation insists upon it, the line-ending which cannot help conveying some sense of an ending may not be exactly an ending. But before even that, the title is ambiguous: does the word Play have to do with learning by play or is it play as in music. Finally, and this is for those odd occasions when for some reason you feel unable to go with the flow, to live with Keats's uncertainties, doubts and mysteries; perhaps you have an essay to write and ambiguity is big with essays and need something you can sum up; whatever, for all such occasions here, as a possible way in, are a few simple questions to ask yourself before diving into a full analysis of what on earth it means. Ambiguity in Conversation The most common form of ambiguity is found in word choice. The poem's internalised, imagined system prevents our gaining of a definite intent in the poem.

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Poetry Workshop: Ambiguity

ambiguity in poetry

Ambiguity is also interesting because it marks a tension between the disciplines and the methodologies they employ. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Many human situations are complex and their meanings subtle. A good example of successful ambiguity in literature is William Shakespeare. If so, in what way? Then notes stretch taut as snares. Lunulae usually hold a movement tangential to that of the text outside.

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