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Lyric Powers

Robert Von Hallberg


The authority of poetry varies from one period to another, from one culture to another. For the author of this book, the authority of lyric poetry has three sources: religious affirmation, the social institutions of those who speak the idioms from which particular poems are made, and the extraordinary cognition generated by the formal and musical resources of poems. This book helps students, poets, and general readers to recognize the pleasures and understand the ambitions of lyric poetry. To explain why a reader might prefer one kind of poem to another, the author analyzes—beyond the politica ... More

Keywords: authority, lyric poetry, religious affirmation, social institutions, idioms, musicality, Tin Pan Alley, doo-wop, poetic language, popular song

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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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Robert Von Hallberg, author

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