Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Newman, Amy (Amy Lynn)

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of English

LCSH

Literature||Neurosciences||Astrophysics||Poetry||Science--Poetry||Neurosciences--Poetry||Astrophysics--Poetry

Abstract

This thesis has two primary goals: the first is to explore the relationship between scientific discovery and poetry by surveying poetry from the last four hundred years and revealing instances where the two worlds have met. With the rise of modern science, profound scientific discovery has had a history of affecting how poets see themselves and the world in which they live, though an argument exists that claims that contemporary poets have ceased responding to scientific discovery on a personal level and are instead simply adopting the vocabulary and imagery of science. The second goal of this thesis is to respond to this claim with a manuscript of poetry that answers the call for a closer relationship between poetry and science. While I borrow some vocabulary and thematic material, the main thread is a personal reaction to the anxiety created by recent discoveries in neuroscience and, to a lesser extent, astrophysics.;Keywords: science and poetry.

Comments

Advisors: Amy Newman.||Committee members: Joe Bonomo; Brian May.

Extent

59 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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