Once upon a time in real time: Auden and Novalis in the poetry of John Ashbery.

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dc.contributor.author Cawston, Cheryl
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-28T21:05:28Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-24T11:22:05Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-08-28
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/4192
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores the search for core meaning and authentic experience in the poetry of John Ashbery. Building from a close reading of A Worldly Country, it examines the way Ashbery's use of narrative fragments and shifting points of view establish poetry as an encounter with otherness that is dependent on accidents of meaning for its sense of authenticity. Comparisons with the poetry of Ashbery's most important precursor, W. H. Auden, reveal how the influence of German Romanticism emerges with different points of emphasis; Auden's richly ambiguous dualities eventually gave way to a more didactic poetry as he shifted his faith from art to religion, while Ashbery's poetry embodies the fragmented and inconclusive approach of the German poet Novalis (Friedrich von Hardenberg), who developed, through his philosophical writings and the tales embedded in his novels, a double orientation toward the real and the ideal. Novalis confirmed the Märchen, or fairy tale, as a genre of primary importance whose capacity for imaginative excess invites accidental encounters with otherness. Analyses of fairy tales and fairy tale fragments in the work of these poets reveal how mysticism and play can inject into everyday moments feelings of self-transcendence that enable poetry to summon an authentic sense of being in the world. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject John Ashbery en_US
dc.subject meaning en_US
dc.subject experience en_US
dc.subject point of view en_US
dc.subject real en_US
dc.subject ideal en_US
dc.title Once upon a time in real time: Auden and Novalis in the poetry of John Ashbery. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Carson, Luke
dc.degree.department Dept. of English en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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