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“Fallen from the Symboled World”Precedents for the New Formalism$
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Wyatt Prunty

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780195057867

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195057867.001.0001

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(p.292) (p.293) Conclusion
“Fallen from the Symboled World”

Wyatt Prunty

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the discussions in the preceding chapters and presents some concluding thoughts. It argues that the strongest poetry that this generation has produced has not precluded the possibility of more finished arrangements. Possibility is the other side of doubt. Holding what is lacked in question, in play, keeps the thing missed from being lost. The tropes that liken are the means for exploring similitude. They are also the preliminaries for greater certainty, maybe, on occasion, even consensus, however problematical that kind of certainty remains, and probably ought to remain.

Keywords:   similitude, poetry, tropes

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