Poetry in process: The compositional practices of D.H. Lawrence, Dylan Thomas and Philip Larkin

Davies, Alexandra Mary

English
2008

Thesis or dissertation


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© 2008 Alexandra Mary Davies. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.
Abstract

Philip Larkin used the image of Winston Smith's blank notebook in George Orwell's 1984 to illustrate the excitement experienced by the writer faced with an as yet unwritten text. He explains that:

the books the past has given us are printed; they are magnificent, but they are finite. Only the blank book, the manuscript book, may be the book we shall give the future. Its potentialities are endless.

This study of 'poetry in process' will compare the 'compositional practices' of three twentieth century poets in order to come closer to understanding the means by which poems are written. One conclusion which is perhaps inevitable from such a comparative study as this is that there is not a single approach to writing a poem. Each poet has idiosyncratic habits.

Publisher
Department of English, The University of Hull
Supervisor
Booth, James, 1945-
Qualification level
Doctoral
Qualification name
PhD
Language
English
Extent
Filesize: NaNKB
Identifier
hull:1738
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