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Poetry: Explication

Librarian-selected resources for poetry research.



"The attempt to analyse a literary work thoroughly, giving full attention to its complexities of form and meaning. The term has usually been associated with the kind of analysis practised in the USA by New Criticism and in Britain under the name of practical criticism. Explication in this sense is normally a detailed explanation of the manner in which the language and formal structure of a short poem work to achieve a unity of form and content; such analysis tends to emphasize ambiguities and complexities of the text while putting aside questions of historical or biographical context. A less thorough form of analysis is the French school exercise known as explication de texte, in which students give an account of a work's meaning and its stylistic features."  --- Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (3rd ed.)

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Poetry Explication Journal