Sense through nonsense reading difficult poetry

Taşkesen, Bengü
This thesis analyses the difficulties in reading modern poetry that arise out of not the references but the unconventional use of language, and presents them in a theoretical framework based on Julia Kristeva̕s semanalytic theory and Melanie Parsons̕s application of it to a comparison of Nonsense literature and twentieth century poetry. Then aspects of the works of G. M. Hopkins, Dylan Thomas and Edith Sitwell are discussed and poems by these poets are analysed within this framework.


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Citation Formats
B. Taşkesen, “Sense through nonsense reading difficult poetry,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2004.