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Exploring the potential of poetry and poetic language as a means of conveying perspectives on later life, this book examines questions such as ‘how can we understand ageing and later life?’ and ‘how can we capture the ambiguities and complexities that the experiences of growing old in time and place entail?’ As poetic language illuminates, transfigures and enchants our being in the world, it also offers insights into the existential questions that are amplified as we age, including the vulnerabilities and losses that humble us and connect us. This volume suggests a path towards the poetics of ageing by means of presenting analyses of published poetry on ageing ranging from William Shakespeare to George Oppen; the use of reading and writing poetry among lay people in old age, including persons living with dementia; and the poetic nuances that emerge from other literary practices and contexts in relation to ageing – counting personal poetic reflections from many of the contributing authors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Poetic Language of Ageing
EditorsOlga V. Lehmann, Oddgeir Synnes
Place of PublicationLondon, U. K.
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing Plc.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781350256811
ISBN (Print)9781350256804
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2023

Publication series

NameBloomsbury Studies in the Humanities, Ageing and Later Life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences

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