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Title: Themes of nature : body, spirit, place ; and, A collection of poems, 'Finding The Room'
Author: Searle, William Henry
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2013
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The thesis explores three themes, - Body, Spirit, Place, - that are fundamental to my own poetry collection, 'Finding The Room'. Taken together, my poetry and the thesis form a comprehensive understanding of the human subject's relation to the natural world, and aim towards a redifintion of human subjectivity. In chapter one, through a phenomenological inquiry into the poetry of Ted Hughes, the primordial unity between the body and the natural world is explored. Born out of the intercorporeal rapport between body and world is the Natural Self which perceives itself to be interwoven into its sensuous surroundings, sharing its flesh with the flesh of the world. Out of the primordial coherence between the human body and the body of the earth, occurs the genesis of sacredness, leading on to chapter two which explores the nature-mysticism of R.S. Thomas whose spirituality is presented as being enrooted in an incorporeal bond between body and world. In chapter two it is argued that spirituality is grounded in the actuality of the intercorporeal fusion between body and world, and that the numinous reveals itself through the earth to those that, like R.S. Thomas, attune their senses to the sensuous world, and awaken their Hierophantic Self. Chapter three explores the dynamic between dwelling and things in the context of Wordsworth's poem, 'Michael'. Using the philosophy of dwelling and things as propounded by Martin Heidegger, the chapter focuses upon place as the primary happening of the possibility to dwell peacefully and intimately alongside things. All three chapters aim towards a redefinition of human subjectivity: a carnal being of the numinous, belonging to the earth, emplaced peacefully amidst things; a possibility that I explore throughout 'Finding The Room'.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Phenomenology ; Place ; Body ; Sacred ; Things ; Home ; Nature ; Poetry ; Spirit