To what extent have the structural and thematic boundaries within poetry changed and how has this affected contemporary poetry?

Pilgrim, Carla (2008) To what extent have the structural and thematic boundaries within poetry changed and how has this affected contemporary poetry? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This essay will focus upon an analysis of how the boundaries and limits within poetry have been pushed and gradually broken down, whilst considering the overall effect this has had on poetry as a whole. This essay will be divided into two main sections. The first will concentrate on experimentation through the use of form, structure and stylistic features and the second will centre on experimentation with content and thematic features, paying particular attention to confessional poetry. I will also consider how key poets have pushed the confines of "conventional" poetry as well as considering if there are any more boundaries left to break, whilst referring to my own work where necessary in order to show how I have attempted to expand these conventional limitations. The conventions of poetry continually need to be pushed in order to remain relevant to our changing society. Bewley considers the link between changing events in society and their impact upon poetry in her essay Some aspects of modern American Poetry, stating that “The energy of poetry and the energy of society are ultimately embedded in each other” (1968, p.250) and I will explore the way in which this concept is illustrated in the poetry I will examine in this essay.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/760

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