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Ford, William H (1997) Transparencies. Masters thesis, Concordia University.



The following work consists of seventy-eight sonnets, many of them arranged in narrative sequences or quasi-narrative thematic groups, and all of them gathered into an etymological artifice derived from the title. The various possible meanings resonating from the word transparencies--whose prefix indicates (depending on context) the prepositions across, over, above, and beyond; and whose Latin root parere, to show, suggests affinities to appearance and phenomenon--seemed to echo themes in the work and to provide a structure wherein its sometimes metaphysical, sometimes mundane preoccupations might be, as it were, musically reconciled. These orchestrated obsessions include a religious impulse to ground the word in the world (and vice versa), an aesthetic commitment to the imagination, a whimsical compulsion to deal ironically with "serious" subjects, a grudging acknowledgment of (the poet's) ethical shortcomings, and a celebration of the vicissitudes, vexations, volupte, and verities of contemporary life. As for the choice of form, the sonnet--with its metrical lines anchored in tradition, and its rhythms bellying with the winds of contemporary speech--aptly accommodates and expresses the tensions inherent in such themes, and proves its continued viability as a medium of poetic sensibility. The poet's gratitude to those eminent precursors who first Englished and enhanced the sonnet--and to their successors who have repeatedly vindicated the form before him--is here expressed in allusion, parody, imitation, and homage. In this regard, Transparencies serves as a shifting kaleidoscope trained on the history of an art.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > English
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Ford, William H
Pagination:v, 96 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Dept. of English
Thesis Supervisor(s):Geddes, Gary
ID Code:751
Deposited By: Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 17:14
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 15:16
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