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Title: A STUDY OF JOHN BERRYMAN'S DREAM SONGS
Authors: FAN JINGHUA
Keywords: John Berryman, The Dream Songs, meta-structure, voices and personae, dismemberment, couvade
Issue Date: 29-Mar-2012
Source: FAN JINGHUA (2012-03-29). A STUDY OF JOHN BERRYMAN'S DREAM SONGS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The dissertation examines some of the essential features of John Berryman¿s The Dream Songs (DS). The dissertation demonstrates that DS constructs a world centered round the protagonist Henry through various textual strategies, and that the DS world is an integrated reality. The structure, partly derived from epic conventions, allows life experience to be appropriated into the poem, and together with the maneuvering of songs into local narratives, it helps to maintain the constructed nature of the poem. After an examination of the voices and personae in DS, the dissertation proceeds to investigate the fear of dismemberment and its psychological impact in DS with special relation to the elegiac songs on Berryman¿s contemporaries. The dissertation concludes that the poetics Berryman developed in DS is like the custom of couvade and this poetics has made DS an epic both of one individual and of a generation.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/35219
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