Degree Year

2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

English

Advisor(s)

DeSales Harrison

Committee Member(s)

Anuradha Needham
Nicholas Jones

Abstract

Current critical attention on poetry's aural features and possibilities is scant. My project on W.B. Yeats is a corrective, as his poetry exemplifies how sonic tools and sound structures perform or create meaning. Specifically, I concentrate on the intersection between Yeats's nationalist and postcolonial posturings and his aural forms. By exploring this intersection within the frameworks of 'antithetical nationalism' and 'hybridity', I reveal the rich range of sound's semantic possibilities in poetry.

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