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Bodies of Poems

Graphic Poetics in a Historical Perspective


Lennart Nyberg

Contents: Graphic Poetics in History: Poems referring to themselves as material artefacts - Copyright legislation and the definition of the poem as a commodity - The Romantic merging of text and self - The nineteenth-century development of print technology and the increasing possibilities for graphic elaboration of texts – The Word: Modernist attempts to make poetry material – The creation of poetry as an elite art - The critical negligence of graphic poetics in the inter-war years – The Body: Poems as representations of sounds, paintings and organic fields - The poetic work of an author as a representation of the body of the author – The Past: Poems as physical representations of time and space - Words as archaeological objects.