Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Literary Excursions with Kerry ~ Metafiction

Greetings to all friends and poets. I continue, with this challenge, to give more focus to the skill of using literary devices , with particular interest in those developed during the modern and post-modern time-frame.

Reading a Book
James Tissot
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Metafiction is a narrative technique and a genre of fiction, wherein a fictional work (novel, film, play, poem, etc.) self-consciously draws attention to being a work of imagination, rather than a work of non-fiction. Metafiction poses critical questions about the relation between fiction and reality, usually by applying irony and self-reflection. As a genre, metafiction is comparable to presentational theatre, which continually reminds the audience that they are viewing a play; metafiction continually reminds the reader to be aware that he or she is reading a fictional work. [Continue reading HERE] It became prominent in the 1960s with the publication of such novels as Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five.



Instead of making this idea seem very difficult to contemplate, I hope that we can have some fun with it. Take a good look at the means by which we write poetry (and why we do it) and approach it from a slightly different angle. Truth be told, anything goes.




15 comments:

Mama Zen said...

I gave it a shot, but I'm not sure I hit the mark! I might be a little late visiting; my blurry vision is really bad today.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Sorry to hear that, Kelli. As for the mark.. everything I do is a shot in the dark these days.
Thanks for participating.

brudberg said...

This is a true challenge... I really need to think about this one Kerry...

gillena cox said...

Five words, This is a hard one, will try though

Much love...

Kerry O'Connor said...

I don't want this to be difficult. We all know the process, all this asks is that we peel back the layers somewhat. (I think.)

brudberg said...

OK... I tried a bit. Worked my verbs a bit.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

This was fun!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Um um I tried!❤️ I have no idea if I got it right.. here goes nothing..❤️

Martin Kloess said...

Nothing to share, but I read.

Magaly Guerrero said...

I almost skipped this one because I had already written something for today. Then I read your prompt, Kerry, and couldn't resist the yumminess. Can't wait to see what everyone else crafted. :-)

Debi Swim said...

I read about metafiction but couldn't quite grasp it so I tried for a
stagy aside to the audience.

angieinspired said...

Thanks for the cool prompt K! I enjoyed reading everyone's metafiction.

paulscribbles said...

jet-lagged and have just driven to London from Yorkshire for a wedding...i will pen...and then sleep...catch upon reading laters xx

Rene said...

Dude, Kerry; that was really fun!

Julian said...

Hi All, thanks for the, for me challenging prompt, Kerry.