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date: 04 March 2021

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“There Again”: Composition, Revision, and Repair’ is an exploration of the ethics and psychology of poetic composition and revision. It considers its various issues from the multiple perspectives of the poet composing and the reader reading, and offers an explanation for why these need not be considered incommensurate views. By examining in detail the drafts and variant published texts that make up the compositional process for the author’s own poem ‘There Again’, it reveals many problems in the relation of difficult experience involving others to the composition of lyric poetry, concentrating especially on the roles of pronouns, their revision to alter perspectives on represented experience, and the match between these pronominal relations within the text and those with others, including readers, in the text’s publication and reception. These matters are themselves viewed in the light of poetic theories concerning the relation of composition and revision to attempts to make amends, to repair relations between people, and, in so far as it is or may be possible, to transform damage into benefit.

Keywords: composition, revision, repair, pronouns, possibilities, le mot juste, perspectives, drafts, experience, self-knowledge, self-reform, readers, relations

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