Fresh Academic Voices –
How Does a Poem Mean? Modes of Expression in Sonnets from the Portuguese
Gregor Bauer, Faculties of English and Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages
How does a poem mean? A formalist approach to Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850) may provide a partial answer by demonstrating a poetry-specific potential of meaning-creation. To this end, this essay offers new perspectives on Barrett Browning’s playful interventions against a one-dimensional love discourse through poly-dimensional semiotics and explores how her sonnets expand the scope of linguistic expressability by transcending central axiomata of Saussurian structuralism avant la lettre.
Sentinels Aloft: An Indifference of Birds Book Review
Vicki Lee, MSt in English Literature