Lecture by John Wilkinson

Wave Power: The Effacement of the Caesura in Dylan Thomas's Poetry

October 2014 marks the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas, a poet remarkable at once for obscurity and popularity. This lecture argues that in his poetry Thomas seeks to efface what Freud termed the caesura of birth, to collapse temporality and thus efface the caesura of death, and to erase the prosodic caesura through use of syllabics.

John Wilkinson is Associate Chair for Creative Writing and Poetics in the Department of English at the University of Chicago.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The History & Forms of Lyric Series