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Published: 13 May 2020

320 Pages


ISBN: 9780198812470

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The Life of Words

Etymology and Modern Poetry

David-Antoine Williams

  • Traces lines of continuity, as well as discontinuities, between ancient, medieval, and modern linguistic thought in a literary context, with an emphasis on the study of words
  • Provides a technical account of the different functions of etymological tropes in modern poetry, with a large number of examples
  • Includes analyses of archival material and unpublished lectures by Geoffrey Hill, as well as readings of the posthumous Book of Baruch by the Gnostic Justin

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