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The Poem on the Edge of the Word

The Limits of Language and the Uses of Silence in the Poetry of Mallarmé, Rilke, and Vallejo

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Dianna Niebylski

The preoccupation with the limits of language and the ensuing exploration of silence are central concerns in modern and contemporary poetry. The Poem on the Edge of the Word inquires into the causes that gave rise to a momentous linguistic anxiety at the end of the nineteenth century and explores three poets' responses to this new awareness of the fragility of the word.