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Title: The edges of things : An anthology of 50 poems with an accompanying dissertation
Author: Hodgson, John Terence.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3579 8401
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 2002
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The anthology consists of fifty-one poems. They have been selected from a much larger number and were chosen, partly because I feel they are among the most successful, but also because they represent themes and concerns which have emerged over time. They are divided into eight groups with the titles: Private Rooms; Exchanges; Chiaroscuro; lines from France and Flanders; Myths and Modernity; Epitaphs and Last Words; Public Events; The Nature of Nature. I trace a general movement from private to more public and impersonal poems. A roughly chronological pattern exists within each section. The dissertation is 29,364 words long. not counting bibliography. index and appendices. The opening section comments on the individual poems and their origins. It is followed by an autobiographical chapter which expands on the personal background of the anthology and refers to some excluded poems. This subdivides into: Childhood and Danger; Childhood and Unknowing; Memory; The Stages of Life; Childhood Pre- War; World War II; Books and People; Cambridge and Sport; The Navy and France; Paris,' Finland and Cambridge Again; Finland and Acting; Literary Scandinavia; England Again. There follows a more general section on well-known poems by Lowell, Stevens, Hughes, Plath, Larkin and others which relate to a sense of boundary lines I find in my own writing. This I call The Edges of Things and it subdivides into various kinds of boundary: including the natural (The Elements), temporal (The Languages of War) and what I call 'modal' (The Social and the Existential). A section commenting on 'myth' and 'reality' in poetry is then followed by some observations on personal voice, technique, literary models and influences, taking Eliot's phrase 'objective correlative' as a useful base. The dissertation ends with a general theoretical model of the relation between poetry and its roots, which is developed from Paul Klee, together with references to Koestler's theory of 'bisociation' and creativity.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Literature