Thames: a Poetic Exploration

Hall, Sian (2009) Thames: a Poetic Exploration. Masters thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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The work comprises an exploration of the Thames river, its culture and meanings in poetic form titled 'Thames', together with a critical reflection on these poems, their development, and how they relate to the poetry of Mario Petrucci, Sarah Maguire and Andrew Motion writing about the Thames, with some comments about Alice Oswald's approach to river poetry. The critical reflection looks at use of imagery and language in the writing of 'Thames', and makes comparison to the writing of Mario Petrucci, Sarah Maguire and Andrew Motion. The effects achieved poetically by the use of particular images in particular contexts is explored, including effects of contrast and scale. This is done by the examination of the use of images of small objects placed against images of rivers and cities, and by examining the use of surprise via the juxtaposition of unlikely images - for example, the exotic set among the commonplace. The choice of images of the river and poetic concerns in terms of use of allegory and metaphor is discussed. With relation also to Alice Oswald's poem 'Dart', further imagery is discussed including ambiguous imagery using an example from my own work, and aggregate images are discussed, where they derive from reading of whole passages of poets' work. The nature of these aggregate images and how they differ between poets is discussed. Language use among the poets in terms of register and voice and their effects are also explored. Lastly, the poets' views of the river are examined, as they may be determined through the poems themselves, and how these views are similar or different in relation to personification, river character or features, and whether the poets regard the river as friendly, impartial, grandiose or functional, or a mixture of these things at different times is discussed. An overview of similarities and differences between these poets concludes, highlighting how the imagery, language and views of the river employed in my collection of poetry have added a complementary perspective to writings on the river.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
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Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR500 Poetry
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2022 10:35
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2022 10:36

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