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Children RememberedResponses to Untimely Death in the Past$
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Robert Woods

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310218

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846310218.001.0001

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The Vocabulary of Grief

The Vocabulary of Grief

(p.169) 7 The Vocabulary of Grief
Children Remembered
Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the ways in which author-parents expressed their feelings, as well as their use of language; how that language changed and varied; and how they selected and used different vocabularies of grief. It begins by considering emotion lexicons: the vocabulary that could be used to express the emotions, but especially grief. The chapter then uses a simple form of content analysis to establish the pattern of word use in the sixty-nine poems in order to describe when and how the expression of emotions changed. The presumption is that these expressions were in some way shaped by demographic experience. Subsequent sections consider the ways in which relationships affected forms and styles of elegy. Finally, the chapter turns to the challenging problem of silence: death without grief, ‘mourning work’ not completed.

Keywords:   language, mourning, parents, grieving, emotions, elegy, poems, poetry, death

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