Introduction.- Part I. Theorising poetic difficulty.- Chapter 1. Approaches and issues.- Chapter 2. Semantics and poetic meaning.- Chapter 3. Linguistic indicators of difficulty.- Chapter 4. Readerly indicators of difficulty.- Chapter 5. A new stylistic model.- Part II. Analysing poetic difficulty.- Chapter 6. Geoffrey Hill.- Chapter 7. Ezra Pound.- Chapter 8. Wallace Stevens.- Chapter 9. Jeremy H. Prynne.- Chapter 10. Susan Howe.- Chapter 11. Mark Strand (the accessible poem).- Chapter 12. Towards a typology of difficulty in poetry.- Conclusion.
Davide Castiglione is a lecturer in the Department of English Philology at Vilnius University, Lithuania. Author of two poetry collections, and a specialist in the poetics and stylistics of poetry, his research has been published in the Journal of Literary Semantics and in Language and Literature.