POETRY TODAY

POETRY TODAY

Seminar, October 20-21, 2009.

Poetry Today, Seminar, October 20-21, 2009. A collaboration between The Nordic Department, The Department of Language, Literature and Culture, The Department of Aesthetic Studies, The Doctoral School in Arts and Aesthetics and Verbale Puppiller.

VENUE: AARHUS UNIVERSITY BUILDING 1451, ROOM 120 (IN THE NOBEL PARK), JENS CHR. SKOUSVEJ 3, 8000 AARHUS C.

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Frank Kjørup

AbstractsPosted by Lasse Gammelgaard Wed, October 07, 2009 10:18:36

Poetic Movement

Whenever we read verse – seated in the armchair while at the same time, in a space both imaginary and real, walking through the poem – a phenomenon which we frequently encounter is that of syntactic incompletion at the end of the poetic line. At this point, at which meaning as carried by syntax may be felt to break down, if only momentarily, are we then to ‘soften the blow’ of the line-end, gliding along to the next line to find syntax completing itself as if seamlessly? Or, conversely, are we to stop, to pause, aligning ourselves, as it were, with the interruptive force of the linear end-point, savouring, so to speak, the moment of syntactico-semantic breakdown inflicted by it? – Phenomenologically, this question is fundamental. Any attempt to answer it would seem to require an investigation into the very fundamentals of the experience of reading verse. Glimpses of what such an investigation might reveal, now, are such as we shall be attempting to catch.


Cand.phil. in Danish, Research Scholarship (1999-2003), Assistant Professor (2004-2007) and Associate Professor (2007-2008) at the Department of Scandinavian Studies and Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen. Vistiting Scholar & Fulbright Fellow, New York University (1999-2000). President in the Nordic Poetic Company. Author of Sprog versus sprog: Mod en versets poetik (2003). Recently submitted a doctoral thesis titled The Body in the Line: Steps to a Phenomenology of Verse.