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The Physics of Elegy: Pearl

The Physics of Elegy: Pearl

Chapter:
(p.152) Chapter Eight The Physics of Elegy: Pearl
Source:
Arts of Dying
Author(s):
D. Vance Smith
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226641041.003.0009

Pearl's elaborate form is both an assertion of the finitude of death and its insolubility. This chapter focuses on the terms in the poem that point to moments of transition, especially of disappearance. Beneath the poem's attempt to capture a poetics of movement toward and beyond finitude is an extended awareness of, and engagement with, the Aristotelian physics of motion as theorized by the Oxford Calculators.

Keywords:   Pearl, form, Aristotelian physics, Oxford Calculators

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