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Title: Expressive metrics : the context and development of some prosodic principles in the poetry of Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot, 1908-1915
Author: Ballam, John David
ISNI:       0000 0001 3441 6248
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 1995
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This thesis focuses primarily upon three areas: a comparative analysis of those prosodic theories which form the historical context of the years 1908 - 1915; the ways in which Eliot and Pound came into contact with this discussion and the extent to which it contributes to their own criticism; and finally an analysis of how Pound and Eliot's poems from this period are conditioned by their authors' relationship to the then concurrent debates surrounding metrical form. Chapter One seeks to establish something of the origins of the core debate over metrical format, demonstrating the contrasting views upon the precise locus of 'form, ' as well as its continuance, and how these views affected poets writing in England to whom Pound and Eliot were later drawn. Chapter Two compares and contrasts the views of American authors on these subjects, suggesting how through an alternative relationship to "tradition, " American poets and pro sodists developed a more self-consciously radical approach. In Chapter Three, the focus is upon how Pound and Eliot came into contact with these attitudes and, based upon their own criticism, what their individual responses were. Chapter Four analyses the practical results these matters had for Eliot's early poetry, while Chapter Five offers a comparable analysis of Pound's early style(s).
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Edwardian poetry ; Victorian poetry ; Modernism