Poetic Iconicity

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

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Margaret H. Freeman

Myrifield Institute for Cognition and the Arts - MICA

Date Written: May 4, 2009

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Freeman, Margaret H., Poetic Iconicity (May 4, 2009). 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. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1399120

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