Elegy and Paradox: Testing the Conventions


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To what extent can the consolations of a poetry of loss be made to seem reasonable - even compelling - to readers living today? In the first book to ask whether a historical and critical knowledge of the genre elegy is still really possible, W. David Shaw shows how the elegist's testing of conventions poses new crises for understanding and new shocks to values and beliefs from one generation to the next. Shaw argues that the idea of an elusive truth, of an apparent contradiction that invites resolution, explains the power ...

Elegy and Paradox: Testing the Conventions 1994, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

ISBN-13: 9780801848360