The poetry of Thom Gunn

Hinton, B.J.C (1975). The poetry of Thom Gunn. University of Birmingham. M.A.

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This thesis is concerned with investigating the poetry of Thom Gunn in greater detail than has been done before, and with relating it to its full literary and historical context. In doing this, the thesis refers to many uncollected poems and reviews by Gunn that are here listed and discussed for the first time, as are many critical reviews of Gunn's work. The Introduction attempts to put Gunn's poetry in perspective, section one consisting of a short biography, while the second and third sections analyse, in turn, the major philosophical and literary influences on his work. Section four contains a brief account of the most important critical views on Gunn's work. The rest of the thesis consists of six chapters that examine Gunn's work in detail, discussing every poem he has so far published, and tracing the development his work has shown. Each chapter begins with a discussion of the reviews that the book under discussion attracted when it first appeared. The thesis, as a whole, attempts to show that Gunn's poetry has been subject to constant development, and that it is this capacity for change that makes Gunn's work so valuable.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.A.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.A.
College/Faculty: Faculties (to 1997) > Faculty of Arts
School or Department: School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies, Department of English Literature
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature


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