Wednesday, 29 February 2012

'Pretty' Words

In The TLS, there is a rather interesting article on the reclamation of 'pretty' as a word and concept. Check it out and see what you think:
For Stevie Smith (1902–71) . . . the discernment of the “right words” has nothing to do with linguistic elitism. Rather, in her poem “Pretty” she explores the overlooked qualities of a word entrenched in the vernacular. Smith’s poems often draw attention to the deeper significance of communications and events. In the case of her best-known poem, “Not Waving But Drowning”, the death of a man who is unaided by onlookers as he drowns at sea is symbolic of a life spent being misunderstood. In “Pretty”, Smith’s subject is the “underrated” word, “pretty”; her agenda is its revival through poetry. Read more.

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