HEAD TO FOOTSTEPS: "Fundamental sounds" in "dread nay" and "Roundelay"
Abstract:Beckett's late poetry is seldom examined even in the context of his late plays and prose. This paper analyses the structural and rhythmic signatures of the body and its life cycle as they emerge in "dread nay" and "Roundelay". It is founded upon the notion that the aesthetic approach that Beckett took in his critical works on Proust and Joyce is strikingly relevant when applied to the creative work he produced over forty years later. That aesthetic asserts that the essential experience of the literary work lies in the shapes that embody it and the corporeal resonances they produce. Examining these processes in the context of the late poems can open a new way to read Beckett's late works in other genres.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 2002