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Bishop, Allison (2012) Triskele. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This book of poetry sets out to explore very old myths and ritual sites of ancient Cymry, their tradition and reverence for poets, and the belief in alternate realities, not as metaphysical improbabilities, but daily life realities. And it intends
to assume the relevance of these ancient concepts for today’s audience. The result is a book of mixed genres: autobiography, biography, fiction, non-fiction, meta-fiction, creative non-fiction, travel journal, environmental treaties, experimental and conceptual poetry and prose. It is a philosophical essay which cannot be written in academic or scientific language while questioning the ubiquitous confidence we attribute to them as authorities of what can be known. By merging forms, playing with de-contextualization and juxtapositions, these poems undermine the notion that any one system, any one form, can ever gain access to the mysterious realities of living. Yet, by undermining the intellectual paradigm, these poems displace the reader’s attention in order to create opportunities for engaging in the primitive mind, the mind of intuitive perception and boundlessness.
This project draws on the works especially of Bergson, Deleuze, and Abrahms to create shortcuts to complex underlying concepts, and it quotes the words of Taliesin, Welsh poet, to invoke ancient vision. The basic initiation ritual, which involves fasting and mock death, questions of re-identification and the development of intuitive mind, are the project’s structural and thematic model. The manuscript progresses from narrative structure to a block of many superimposed poems, all jostling for attention, subverting the expectation of a conventional reading, and as such it plays with the possibilities of incorporating the past in order to consider the problems of creating meaning for the present.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > English
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Bishop, Allison
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Date:11 September 2012
Thesis Supervisor(s):Di Michele, Mary
Keywords:Celtic initiation rituals, experimental poetry, interlocutor, myth, Wales, Taliesen
ID Code:974682
Deposited On:25 Oct 2012 16:41
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:38


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