Hampton, Bryan; Arnett, James
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The prose poem is a hybrid form firmly rooted in 19th century French literary tradition, and later adopted by British and American poets. Questions as to genre arise when critically assessing possible formulaic divisions demonstrated by various techniques and tropes within fiction and poetry. The creative portion of this thesis consists of the complete manuscript of sequential prose poems constituting Bonné A. de Blas’s chapbook, The Rule of Contraction. The introductory essay discusses the history of the modern prose poem, as well as the questions of genre surrounding its form, and describes the influences of the New Prose Poem and elliptical poetics as they informed the writing of The Rule of Contraction.
Gratitude is offered to each of my professors at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the Department of English. Special thanks to Earl Braggs, Dr. James Arnett, and Dr. Bryan Hampton for their thoughtful and engaged reading of my essay and manuscript. I am indebted to my fellow workshop participants who provided, over the course of two years, much insightful feedback throughout the writing of these poems. I acknowledge the manuscript, The Rule of Contraction, has been published previously in its entirety in 2016 by Kattywompus Press.
M. A.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Arts.
American poetry -- 21st century; Prose poems, American
vi, 83 leaves
de Blas, Bonné A., "The rule of contraction: a manuscript of sequential prose poems with an introduction" (2016). Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.