Skepticism, illusion and rigourous observation: Marianne Moore's poetic pursuit of hope

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dc.contributor.author Soles, Katharine Elaine
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-19T15:23:13Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-19T15:23:13Z
dc.date.copyright 2009 en
dc.date.issued 2009-08-19T15:23:13Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/1529
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines Marianne Moore’s poetic project of creating hope within a modern context. Building on an initial discussion of Moore’s skeptical perspective, I go on to argue that Moore’s work fosters a desire both to believe in something unknowable and to maintain faith in a goodness that cannot be realized on earth. Moore posits a more demanding hope than one based on the search for truth and namelessness; she gives hope a meaning beyond the feeling that allows people to keep going. Moore’s hope requires a guarded vision of the future, a capacity for visualizing both the real and the imaginary, and, especially, careful observation. Actively manipulating the possibilities of language while recognizing their limitations, Moore transforms hope into an action, a pursuit of ethics and a focus on something other than the self. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject Marianne Moore en
dc.subject Imagination en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences en
dc.title Skepticism, illusion and rigourous observation: Marianne Moore's poetic pursuit of hope en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Carson, Luke
dc.degree.department Dept. of English en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en

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