Special Issue "The Image in Poetry: Special Issue of Humanities"

A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2023 | Viewed by 407

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Daniel Tobin
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Guest Editor
Department of Writing, Literature, Publishing, Emerson College,180 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116, USA
Interests: modern poetry; contemporary poetry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

“How can one plausibly say that poems are made of images, as readers of English-language poetry have been especially prone to do over the last hundred years?” asks the prominent poet-scholar James Longenbach in his revisionist essay “Poetic Image.” No one, he reflects, has “ever found a picture in a poem, though it may be delightful to think we have.” Longenbach takes this position despite the longstanding prominence of those two contrary metaphors that have presided over the history of the poetic imagination since the Romantic period, the mirror and the lamp, and the profound influence of Ezra Pound’s modernist “imagism.” What we do find in poems is language: a poem, Longenbach affirms, “needs language to convey the image.” In this special issue of Humanities, poets and scholars explore the many ways by which the attributes of language, among them diction, syntax, rhythm, and metaphor, activate and instantiate the fundamentally figurative nature of the artfully made poem. Essays range across time periods, schools, modes of individual practice, as well as cultural and political identities to inquire into the various distinctive means and successes of image deployment in poetry.  

Prof. Dr. Daniel Tobin
Guest Editor

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