Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

Selected Publications

Bodies of Poems

Bodies of Poems
Graphic Poetics in a Historical Perspective

Lennart Nyberg

Cultural Interactions: Studies in the Relationship between the Arts Vol. 6
Bodies of Poems

How is meaning created by a poem? Through the invisible ideas and thoughts conveyed by the text or through the physical presence of book, paper and print? In Bodies of Poems the author argues that the material properties of poetic texts are meaningful in their own right but often ignored and made invisible in poetry criticism. Through a number of examples ranging from the introduction of print technology in the fifteenth century to late twentieth-century poets such as Adrienne Rich and Seamus Heaney, this study examines the ways in which poems are products of the contemporary state of print technology, legal and social definitions of authors and texts, and culturally and historically determined assumptions about the self and the body. Although indebted to recent innovative work in textual criticism, this book is a pioneering attempt to place the study of poetic texts as material artefacts in a sustained historical narrative.