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This paper focuses on the role of the narratee in the funeral elegy To start the concept of the narratee has been most deeply explored by Gerald Prince from a narratological perspective Narratology is primary concerned with narrative patterns in fiction In this regard any attempt to apply the terminology commonly used in reference to fiction and prose to poetry seems problematic One has to account for the differences or the similarities between the genres in order to put the discussion of the narratee in the elegy into its proper perspective The current trend leans heavily on Bakhtins study of the structure of the novel In the Dialogical Imagination Bakhtin created a sort of dichotomy between the monologic poetry and the dialogic The novel becomes the site of dialogical discourse par excellence 49 But how valid is a wholesome distinction between genres within which there is so much diversity Doesnt Bakhtin create a dichotomy which pays little consideration to the possibility of polyphony in specific texts regardless of formal classification It may be time to consider a literary work not as a predetermined product cast in a deterministic mold but as a dynamic system that transcends the prevailing assumptions that are supposed to define its identity The formal definitions can be just external to the composition of the text since we cannot expect the reader to know exactly what the author intended to write without falling into the trap of intentional fallacy To be sure readers from different backgrounds can hear different voices in a text Readers who are initiated in a particular literary environment may find the prosodic features they have been trained to recognize and detect In this respect how do Bakhtin-influenced readers in the current academia relate to a variety of voices in a poem having somehow accepted that it is monologic by nature Can we really persuade them that there is more than one voice in
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