Seeks to demonstrate that the study of English poetry is enriched by the insights of modern linguistic analysis, and that linguistic and critical disciplines are not separate but complementary. Examining a wide range of poetry, Professor Leech considers many aspects of poetic style, including the language of past and present, creative language, poetic licence, repetition, sound, metre, context and ambiguity.

chapter |7 pages


chapter 2|13 pages

The Creative Use of Language

chapter 3|20 pages

Varieties of Poetic Licence

chapter 4|17 pages

Foregrounding and Interpretation 1

chapter 5|16 pages

Verbal Repetition

chapter 6|14 pages

Patterns of Sound

chapter 7|28 pages


chapter 8|16 pages

The Irrational in Poetry

chapter 9|19 pages

Figurative Language

chapter 10|17 pages

Honest Deceptions

chapter 11|22 pages

Implications of Context

chapter 12|20 pages

Ambiguity and Indeterminacy

chapter |3 pages