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‘Man and Nature In and Out of Order’: The Surrealist Prose Poetry of David Gascoyne

  • Luke Kennard
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Abstract

Kennard reassesses the impact of Surrealist techniques and aesthetics on the prose poems of David Gascoyne, arguing that even in his early experiments the form allowed him to question, analyse and develop his own poetic, enabling a creative breakthrough. Nikki Santilli’s analysis of the form provides a theoretical framework. There is a focus on Surrealism as an essentially anti-theistic movement, its socio-political ends as liberating to Gascoyne’s writing as they were antithetical to his own position. While the work amounts to a brief period in Gascoyne’s life, it is significant in the study of the Surrealist movement, its influence on British poetry and the development of Gascoyne’s poetics of spirituality. The prose poem is suited to the dialectic ambivalence and self-questioning essential to any such endeavour.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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