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Title: An introduction to the poetry of J.H.Prynne (1962-1977).
Author: Marriott, David Sylvester.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3619 2962
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 1993
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The purpose of this thesis is to analyse and assess the poetry of J. H. Prynne written in the years 1962-1977. Part One outlines interpretive and speculative contexts for an understanding of Prynne's poetic project. The focus of this first part is the connection between categories of being and theories of meaning subtended through a discussion of Prynne's use of verbal nouns and derivational concepts. It is one of the major arguments of this thesis that Prynne's interest in verbal transformation derives from a development of a poetic position located in late 1950s English poetry with particular reference to Davie's readings of Pound and Fenollosa. Parallel to this historical problematic is a speculative concern with the overall thematic continuity of the Prynnean canon. In Part Two Prynne's aspectual assimilation of Olson's projective syllabics and theoretical cosmology to a general concern with locative-existential uses of copula and subject-positioning constitutes the second major element of argument. The general structure of this second part is coextensive with a philosophical reading of Prynne's interest in Aristotelian schematism with relation to intensional positing or supposition. In Part Three the grammatical aspects of this epistemic sense of position are substantiated via close readings of poems. Markers of tense and mood endings are singled out for detailed discussion. Part Four provides a brief synopsis of the thesis as a whole.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Prynne, J.H