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The archetypal fable : an enquiry into the function of traditional symbolism in the poetry of Edwin Muir

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dc.contributor.author Gillmer JE en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:10:29Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:10:29Z
dc.date.submitted 1970 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/21857
dc.description.abstract Edwin Muir's poetic vision is bound up with that belief in a twofold structure of reality that in European and widespread that no one can determine its origins. Though no longer fashionable in a time when materialist philosophies flourish and even Christian clerics are busy "de-mythologizing" their faith, it has been the potent source of our greatest poetry. Those who hold this conviction regard the sensible world as the reflection of an "intelligible" or spiritual world which gives meaning and purpose to life, and they see the objects of nature as images that evoke the ideal forms of a divine reality. To Muir it came directly and spontaneously in the symbolic images of dreams, and the fact that he entitled the first version of his autobiography The Story and the Fable testifies to the importance, both for his life and his poetry, of his belief in two corresponding orders of experience. With this in mind, the discourse that follows commences with a brief outline of the "story" of Muir's own personal experience and then proceeds to examine, with reference to his poetry, the general form of the "fable" which gave it universal sigificance. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject English literature en
dc.subject Poetry en
dc.title The archetypal fable : an enquiry into the function of traditional symbolism in the poetry of Edwin Muir en
dc.type Doctoral degree en
dc.description.degree PhD en


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