Locating stylistics in the discipline of English studies: a case study analysis of A.E. Housman's 'From Far, from Eve and Morning'

Andrew GOATLY*

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Literary stylistics, whose subject matter is literary language, straddles the disciplines of literary criticism and linguistics, as Henry Widdowson pointed out 45 years ago. Since then, developments in discourse analysis and multimodal studies have had the potential to expand the map of the interactions between different disciplines. This case study performs a traditional stylistic analysis of the poem `From Far, from Eve and Morning' from A E Housman's A Shropshire Lad but also demonstrates the potential for a multimodal perspective on stylistics by relating it to a musical analysis of Vaughan-Williams' setting of the poem. It begins with a linguistic analysis of phonology, graphology and punctuation, lexis, phrase structure, clause structure and clausal semantics. It proceeds to a discourse analysis of pragmatics and discourse structure. And it ends by relating the linguistic and discoursal analysis to the music through music criticism. By way of conclusion, it suggests that both linguistic analysis and appreciation of musical structure and mood are useful ways into Spitzer's philological circle, by which linguistic analysis and musical appreciation can pave the way for literary appreciation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-149
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Literary Semantics
Issue number2
Early online date4 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

Bibliographical note

© Copyright 1946 by Boosey & Co. Ltd.

Reproduced by permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd.

Solely for the use of Andrew Goatly in the Journal of Literary Semantics


  • 'From Far, from Eve and Morning'
  • AE Housman
  • Vaughan-Williams
  • literary stylistics
  • multimodality
  • musical analysis


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