Poetic closure

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Poetic closure is the sense of conclusion given at the end of a poem. Barbara Herrnstein Smith's detailed study—Poetic Closure: A Study of How Poems End—explores various techniques for achieving closure. One of the most common techniques is setting up a regular pattern and then breaking it to mark the end of a poem. Another technique is to refer to subject matter that in itself provides a sense of closure: death is the clearest example of this.

Further reading[edit]

  • Barbara Herrnstein Smith: Poetic Closure: A Study of How Poems End, University of Chicago Press 1968. ISBN 0-226-76343-9
  • D.H. Roberts, F.M. Dunn, D. P. Fowler: Classical Closure: Reading the End in Greek and Latin Literature. Princeton 1997.