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Doctor of Philosophy

By Richard Algirdas Zolynas


dissertationThese poems, written over a period of some three years and presented chronologically, hopefully reflect the author's "growth" in the art and, in a real sense, the game of poetry. While the poems cover a wide range of topics and subject matters, certain subjects seem to recur with some frequency. The most apparent of these are nature, dreams, and domestic life. If there is an overall unity in these poems, it is in how they deal with what we call the "ordinary". Through the use of unusual images, paradoxes, the absurd, and hopefully imaginative "leaping" (a term invented by Robert Bly to suggest the capability that poems have of shifting suddenly from one level of reality to another), these poems seek to re-create experience and, in so doing, hopefully bring one closer to its significance

Topics: American poetry -- 20th century
Publisher: University of Utah
Year: 1973
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