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Title: "Among the unseen voices" : the influence of Shelley and Keats on the poetry of Wilfred Owen
Author: Suret, Emma
ISNI:       0000 0004 7225 2792
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis explores the influence of Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Keats on the poetry of Wilfred Owen. Scholars who have noted the influence of Shelley and Keats on Owen's poetry routinely argue that Owen becomes disenchanted with Romanticism following his front-line experience during the First World War. However, Owen's poetry reveals an unwavering debt to the work of Shelley and Keats throughout his poetic career. Examining Owen's early poetry and his war elegies, this thesis charts his poetic maturation through the approach of new formalism, revealing the intricacies in his developing poetic technique and providing a detailed analysis of his use of allusion. The first chapter compares Keats and Owen's response to poetic influence through readings of Keats's The Fall of Hyperion and Owen's 'To Poesy'. The second chapter reveals how Keats and Owen use the sonnet form as a site of poetic experimentation through an analysis of poems that include Keats's 'If by dull rhymes our English must be chained' and Owen's 'Futility'. The third chapter explores how Shelley and Owen depict sympathy and empathy in Shelley's The Triumph of Life, and Owen's 'The Show' and 'Strange Meeting'. Chapter four discusses how Shelley and Owen manipulate the aesthetic conventions of the elegy through readings of Shelley's Adonais and Owen's 'I saw his round mouth's crimson', 'Greater Love', and 'Mental Cases'. The final chapter shows how Owen blends the influence of Shelley and Keats in his approach to the pastoral genre. Owen makes explicit the influence of Shelley and Keats through a generous use of allusion throughout his oeuvre. Owen relishes the challenges of his poetic inheritance, figuring it as an experience that involves struggle and exhilaration in equal measure, and he balances his duty as a Romantic heir with his drive to assert his own unique poetic voice.
Supervisor: Callaghan, Madeleine ; Ebury, Katherine Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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