"i shall / be in my segments": Dissecting and reassessing Tom Raworth’s Oeuvre and its influences

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dc.contributor.advisor Jenkins, Lee en
dc.contributor.advisor Davis, Alex en
dc.contributor.author Cummins, James Hussein
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-20T12:28:02Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.date.submitted 2015
dc.identifier.citation Cummins, J. H. 2015. "i shall / be in my segments": Dissecting and reassessing Tom Raworth’s Oeuvre and its influences. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3653
dc.description.abstract This thesis is the first extended examination of Raworth’s poetry and in order to account for the range of Raworth’s work and associations I have offered detailed close readings of numerous texts while situating his work in the context of a wider poetic and artistic community. Taking into account the range of styles and mediums Raworth uses, this thesis has taken a multifaceted approach, drawing from both scholarship on his poetic peers and on art history so as to offer a broader view of his practice. Much of the critical work which surrounds Raworth concentrates on the formal elements of the poems and the reader’s experience of encountering the texts while failing to either situate Raworth’s practice as part of a wider poetic tradition or to offer sustained readings of the contents of the poems. In order to counter this critical trend I began in chapter one by offering four unique ways in which we might approach reading Raworth’s work. In chapters two and three I concentrated on looking at Raworth’s poetry in relation to contemporaneous works which played a part in shaping Raworth’s thinking. My reason for this was a wish to substantially contextualise the poetry before offering close readings which, as I have argued, are often lacking in Raworth scholarship. In order to offer a more complete overview of Raworth’s work in each of these chapters I have concentrated my discussion of separate phases of Raworth’s oeuvre: in chapter two I focused my discussion on Raworth’s earlier collections while in chapter three I discussed Raworth’s move towards the long poems which he wrote throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. Finally, in chapter four, I looked at the theme of politics and examined how issues of politics and national identity play an integral role in shaping Raworth’s poetry. This multifaceted approach allowed me to avoid using Raworth’s poetry as illustrative of a singular theory and instead to highlight the complexity of the work itself. en
dc.description.sponsorship Irish Research Council (Post-graduate research fund) en
dc.format.mimetype application/msword en
dc.language English en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2015, James Cummins en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Tom Raworth en
dc.subject Poetry en
dc.subject British poetry en
dc.subject innovative poetry en
dc.subject James Cummins en
dc.subject Black Mountain en
dc.subject New York School en
dc.title "i shall / be in my segments": Dissecting and reassessing Tom Raworth’s Oeuvre and its influences en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
dc.internal.availability Full text not available en
dc.check.info Indefinite en
dc.check.date 10000-01-01
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school English en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out Yes en
dc.thesis.opt-out true
dc.check.chapterOfThesis 1,2,3,4
dc.check.embargoformat Hard bound copy in Library only en
dc.internal.conferring Spring 2015 en


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