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Poetry, Photography, EkphrasisLyrical Representations of Photographs from the 19th Century to the Present$
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Andrew Miller

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381908

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381908.001.0001

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The Snapshot Elegy

The Snapshot Elegy

(p.70) 3 The Snapshot Elegy
Poetry, Photography, Ekphrasis

Andrew D. Miller

Liverpool University Press

Using Peter Sack’s theories about the English Elegy, the chapter deals with the role that photographs play in the modern elegiac tradition and the work of mourning. It discusses three 20th-century poems in which photographs figure prominently. The poets discussed are Thomas Hardy, Ivor Gurney and Philip Larkin.

Keywords:   Elegy sympathetic magic nympholepsy mourning melancholia

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