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Title: The figure of the animal in modern and contemporary poetry
Author: Malay, Michael
ISNI:       0000 0004 5914 4834
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2014
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This study is concerned with exploring the notion that there is a special relationship between animal life and the 'poetic'. It provides close readings of modern and contemporary poetry with the aim of testing, refining and drawing out the implications of this claim. The introductory chapter briefly examines the history of the animal in Western philosophy and literature. It charts this history in order to contextualize one of the gUiding questions of this study: how have animals been seen by philosophers and poets, and what differences exist between their different 'modes' or 'disciplines'? These questions lead to a discussion of J. M. Coetzee's The Lives of Animals (1997), which dramatizes these issues in fiction. The text explores a notion central to this study - namely, that poetry has a special capacity for relating to animal others. The thesis examines the implications of this idea, asking if there is something peculiar about 'poetic' thought that enables it to cultivate connections with animal life that distinguishes it from other forms of language. The thesis pursues then these questions in relation to four poets: Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, Les Murray and Ted Hughes. It provides a formal analysis of recurring literary strategies in each poet's work - such as metaphor and similebut also offers a broader consideration of the cultural factors informing each writer's oeuvre. It asks the same question in many different guises: how do poets use language in such a way that faithfully responds to the singularity of animal life?
Supervisor: Pite, Ralph Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.682680  DOI: Not available
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