The Songs that a Crow Would Sing
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This thesis will attempt to pursue a further understanding of what can only be described as the unsignifiable, unsayable, ineffable, or indescribable which can be seen to stand in opposition to language and understanding. This pursuit will be conducted through an investigation of poetic revelation as represented in Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow by British poet Ted Hughes. The experience of revelation takes on an indescribable form, and manifests itself through means we do not completely understand. My investigation will therefore endeavor to observe what components of Crow might be instigating revelation as I attempt a description of the unsignifiable. This investigation will be partly conducted by applying the theories of philosopher Martin Heidegger and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva. However it will mainly focus on the use of their presented dichotomies of what is sayable and unsayable, it will also conduct the investigation on the premise that what is unsayable cannot be stated, it can only be indirectly described. Other theories will also be considered from critics of Hughes’ works such as Keith Sagar, Paul Bentley, Terry Gifford and Neil Roberts. Through an understanding of the theories of poetic language, and of Hughes’ poetry, the goal is to attain a description of the unsignifiable through attempting to find revelation instigating components. These instigating components are what I will theorize as taking the form of Crow, who I will describe as transcending character and form, and eventually becoming a translinguistic embodiment generated by the poems. This concept of Crow that grows from text to concept will be described through the tropes of Whiteness and Blackness, where Whiteness is the text of his origination and Blackness is a metaphor for what grows outside of text and understanding, becoming a metaphor for the unsayable experience presented in Crow. The thesis will, after elucidating the concept of Crow, attempt to describe and dissect this metaphorical Blackness in order to further understand the unsignifiable realm that it represents. However, as I will attempt to show, the binary of Whiteness and Blackness in Crow become part of a process of revelation which digs deep into the mind of the reader. It does this in order to create a revelation of reality, changing the reader’s perspective of themselves. Crow holds nothing back in his assault on reality, and as we will find out, the only reality he has any power over is that of the reader.
Master's thesis in Literacy studies