Title

swell

Date of Award

2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing

First Advisor

Markotić, Nicole

Keywords

Canadian contemporary poetics, column and landscape, death, grief and mourning, indentity, long poem

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

“swell” is a poetry manuscript accompanied by a critical essay that examines the functions of grief in contemporary culture through the lens of the long poem. This long poem seeks definition within the space of the closing parenthesis, responding to its function in previous contemporary texts, while at the same time delving into narrative to focus on the disjunction death, grief, and mourning can have on a persona. This long poem employs the use of a column to show the inescapable fracture that these living processes can have on a persona, while forcing the reader to examine the same lines both across and down the page for meaning. This long poem also employs techniques such as puns and mathematical language, to highlight a linguistic search for meaning that crosses language and the word. The text ends, revealing that language and image together end the persona's search in/from grief.

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