Jordan, Joseph P., 1976-
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
In this essay, I argue that the presence of verse in a text initiates a mutually generative relationship between a text’s sonic and semantic qualities, and that critics’ tendency to praise great prose passages as “poetic” is a result of poetry’s historical connection to verse and the semantic elegance which said verse tends to inspire. I base this argument on Fredrich Nietzsche’s first book, The Birth of Tragedy, and explore, through it, various examples of prosimetrum - that is, works combining poetry and prose.
This document would never have been produced without the help of my mentor, Dr. Joseph Jordan, who has been, at once, kind, receptive, shrewd, and exacting; without him I would not have learned to write anything worth reading. I must also acknowledge and thank my parents, whose generosity has allowed me an education, my grandparents, whose bewildering interest in this thesis has given me the strength to finish it, and my girlfriend, sisters, cousins, aunts, and uncles, who have made life worth living in the meantime.
B. A.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900--Criticism and interpretation
English Language and Literature
Rowe, Jackson, "Poetry, prose, and the loss of verse" (2022). Honors Theses.