COGNITION IN LANGUAGE: VOLUME IN HONOR OF PROFESSOR ELZBIETA TABAKOWSKA, Wladyslaw Chlopicki, Andrzej Pawelec and Agnieszka Pokojska, eds., pp. 472-501, Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics, Kraków: Tertium, 2007
16 Pages Posted: 5 May 2009 Last revised: 25 May 2009
Date Written: May 4, 2009
This exploratory essay describes my current thinking about the nature of poetry and its relation to what we call "reality." It examines and reformulates definitions of isomorphism and motivation as used in conemporary cognitive and semiotic literature in order to resituate what to my mind is a misleading understanding of the form-content relation. Using Wallace Stevens' poem "of Mere Being" as a case study, I show how it achieves poetic iconicity by creating the semblance of felt life through forms symbolic of human feeling.
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