I find in MacNeice's writing more of Yeats' poeticalness
than of his politicalism.
Among the romantics, Keats seems to have been one of the most poetic and most imaginative poets: "it is not easy to be more poetical than Keats," says Babbitt (1919: 358), not even Dante or Sophocles were capable to surpass him in poeticalness
. In this sense, Tennyson's son summed up his father's view on Keats's poetic powers, pointing out the keen imagination and the perfect magical lightness, sprightliness, naturalness of Keats's poetic pen which had the capacity to create masterpieces by a mere stroke--the equivalent in poetry of van Gogh's painting skill:
is an attempt to confirm and consolidate a masculine and patriarchal discourse.
The partnership between the verbal and musical arts (the ultimate aim of this essay) is heralded by the earlier Prague School and hinges upon Jakobson's concept of "poeticalness
" (1960) in language: the pre-eminence of the poetic function (emphasizing the message as such, for its own sake) over the referential (focusing on the cognitive, informational aspect of language).
Ricoeur (1977: 170) se aanhaling uit die werk van Roman Jacobson sal kan aanvul: "Poeticalness
is not a supplement of discourse with rhetorical adornment but a total re-evaluation of the discourse and of all its components whatsoever." Ricoeur (1977: 170) se kommentaar op hierdie siening is: "The message is accentuated at the expense of the referential function.