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Title: Wakefield and other poems : sense and inaudibility
Author: Underwood, Jack
ISNI:       0000 0004 2712 7853
Awarding Body: Goldsmiths, University of London
Current Institution: Goldsmiths College (University of London)
Date of Award: 2010
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This thesis argues that writing an extended critical commentary of one’s own poems contradicts the nature of poems themselves: as necessitating the participation of a reader in order to be meaningful, in order to exist. However, it is still necessary and integral to the field of Creative Writing Studies to examine one’s own practice and so a parallel study into poetic techniques and the nature of the transactions occurring between writer, text and reader has been undertaken, both in the introductory chapters justifying the logic and argument of such an approach and also during the analysis of five poems by Michael Donaghy. Within these chapters and analyses, the terms sense and meaning are developed and defined in order to aide a discussion of the different aspects of poetic language in the context of writer/reader/text relations. The thesis concludes that by examining the work of another poet and discussing various poetic aspects and techniques, one is able to articulate and demonstrate an understanding of poetry that might amount to an effective critical commentary, even in the absence of comment on one’s own poems directly. By arguing for new approaches towards how Creative Writers critically examine our own practices, this thesis also seeks to contribute to the development of a distinct criticism of practice in the field that is separate from criticism developed purely from a scholarly, readerly perspective.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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