The Form of the Unfinished
English Poetics from Spenser to Pound
Ballachandra Rajan


Distinguishing between the incomplete poem and the unfinished poem, Professor Rajan sees the unfinished poem as remaining in dialogue with its own dissensions. He contributes to current critical debates by showing how the long poem resists assimilation to the forces of both unification and undecidability, finding its significance on the line of engagement between them.

First published in 1985.

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