ISSN 2368-2132 Login Register
Call for Paper - August 2020 Edition
JELL solicits original research papers for the August 2020 Edition of JELL. The date of manuscript submission is Open
Read More

Email this article (login required)

The Sound of Unsaid Words: Rethinking the Perception of Silence in Poetry

Mounir Jilani Ben Zid


Most scholars and literary critics, whether adhering traditionally to the iron-clad rules of language or enhancing creativity seem to marginalize personal silence or fail to perceive it as a type of discourse. This research is an attempt to subvert established notions of silence and proposes a paradigm that reaches beyond the sound of words and the epidermis of texts. It identifies important hidden dimensions of language, calls for a deeper exploration of the language of silence, and argues that silence in poetry is not simply the absence or opposite of sound. It should be viewed instead as the beginning of listening, a means of communicating the unsaid and the unheard of language as well as the power which privileges the poet's desire for the impossible through "les mots jamais dit". Based on examples from poems, the paper will address silence as the eloquent outpouring of sound and meaning, and as a better language for the unsaid. 


Silence; Perception; Poetry; Language; Introspection; Unsaid Words

Full Text:


Number of Views: 0 Number of downloads: 20

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Quick Link

Journal Content

  • Search

Peer Review

JELL introduces peer-review from its first Edition onwards. The researchers submitting their papers for publication should review atleast one technical paper from their domain. The manuscript also undergoes mandatory procedural review with JELL review and scholar panel.