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

dc.contributor.authorCawston, Cheryl
dc.contributor.supervisorCarson, Luke
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-28T21:05:28Z
dc.date.available2014-08-24T11:22:05Z
dc.date.copyright2012en_US
dc.date.issued2012-08-28
dc.degree.departmentDept. of Englishen_US
dc.degree.levelMaster of Arts M.A.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis 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.description.scholarlevelGraduateen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/4192
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rights.tempAvailable to the World Wide Weben_US
dc.subjectJohn Ashberyen_US
dc.subjectmeaningen_US
dc.subjectexperienceen_US
dc.subjectpoint of viewen_US
dc.subjectrealen_US
dc.subjectidealen_US
dc.titleOnce upon a time in real time: Auden and Novalis in the poetry of John Ashbery.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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