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Poetry & the Dictionary$
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Andrew Blades and Piers Pennington

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620566

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620566.001.0001

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‘When I feel inclined to read poetry I take down my Dictionary’: Poets and Dictionaries, Dictionaries and Poets

‘When I feel inclined to read poetry I take down my Dictionary’: Poets and Dictionaries, Dictionaries and Poets

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(p.26) Chapter Two ‘When I feel inclined to read poetry I take down my Dictionary’: Poets and Dictionaries, Dictionaries and Poets
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Poetry & the Dictionary
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Charlotte Brewer

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620566.003.0002

Many poets choose to use unusual as well as usual words, exploiting their different possible senses, registers, and sounds, together with their varying cultural, geographical, historical, and etymological associations. In consequence, both poets and other writers have regularly turned to dictionaries to provide raw material for their writing, not least to dictionaries with quotations from other writers. Dictionaries have returned the compliment: from Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language (1755) onwards, many monolingual dictionaries of English – and its constituent geographical varieties – have drawn upon the language of well-known writers to support their definitions of usage. This chapter discusses the mutual attraction between poets and dictionaries, and explores the linguistic issues that this relationship raises, particularly for the OED, with reference to writers and critics such as T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, Hugh MacDiarmid, Seamus Heaney, and others.

Keywords:   W. H. Auden, T. S. Eliot, Seamus Heaney, Hugh MacDiarmid, Ezra Pound, Horace, Oxford English Dictionary, Lexicography, Logopoeia, Poetic Diction

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