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Lyric Powers$
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Robert Von Hallberg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226865003

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226865027.001.0001

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(p.40) 2 Praise
Lyric Powers

Robert Von Hallberg

University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers the meaning of affirmation from poetry. It argues that the objective of poetry is encouragement. Poets cannot praise constantly, granted, and yet the deepest power of poetry comes from praise, not criticism. Poetic affirmation begins in the richness and physicality of language. Sounds accompany written signs, but the acoustic features of poetic language often become signs themselves.

Keywords:   lyric poetry, affirmation, poets, encouragement, praise, poetic language

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