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Rejective Poetry Sound And Sense In Yi Sha

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This chapter explores the notion of rejective poetry, through a case study of Yi Sha 伊沙, focusing on the dimensions of sound and sense and on their interaction. If applied to poetry's formal features, rejectiveness can be in evidence in things like the prosody of recitation, for example through an aggressive pace and tone of voice, and deconstructive rhyme schemes; and in lineation on the page and in recitation, through short lines and interrupted enjambment. If applied to poetry's more or less paraphraseable semantics, rejectiveness may emerge in attitudes and strategies of the poetic voice such as cynicism, disbelief, negation, demystification, desecration, deconstruction, aggression and destruction.

Keywords: rejective poetry; sense; sound; Yi Sha



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