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A Stylistic Study of W. H. Auden’s Poetry

Author SongJie
Tutor WangBaoTong
School Henan University
Course English Language and Literature
Keywords W · H · Auden Poem Stylistics Foregrounding Theory
Type Master's thesis
Year 2010
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WH Auden is considered one of the greatest English poet of the twentieth century after Eliot and Yeats. From the 1930s to the mid-fifties, his prominent English and American poetry, strongly advocated by academic critics. Oden life works a lot, and the indelible mark he left on the skill of the experiments for the Anglo-American poetry. Every poet has his own unique style. Auden once said: \This will be Jeffrey Leach Stylistics theory, analysis and research from the perspective of the prospects of the style characteristics of Auden poetry in its different periods. Chapter 1 is the introduction, introduces Auden's literary career and make a detailed review of the literature of his work, of this paper is to analyze from the point of view of the Stylistics Auden's poetry, and stated the thesis academic value. The second chapter introduces the the Stylistics theory of Jeffrey Leach. Leach foregrounding is one of the most important characteristics of the literary language; to actually understand poetry is the language in all aspects of foregrounding explain. The prospects of the term was originally used in the art of painting is part of the closest and the viewing angle. Foregrounding theory is poetry stylistic analysis is an important method. In this paper, the analysis of the level of language and prospects, trying to build the theoretical analysis of the mode. Theoretical model to analyze the use of this build Auden poetry style characteristics from Chapter to Chapter. Auden's poetry, critics generally believed that his poetry is changing. Many critics are divided according to his ideological shift at various stages of his writing career. He experienced three shift in thinking from Freud psychological theory to Marxist thought, to Kierkegaard's religious existentialism. Auden poetry style changes at the same time, this paper re-division of Auden's poetry career, mainly into three periods: The first period is from 1928 to 1932; second period is from 1933 to 1938; The last period is from 1939 to 1947. We will discuss the characteristics of the various periods of poetry. The third chapter analyzes the first period of a few first representative poetry. Through the analysis of the characteristics of these representative poetry variability and excessive regularization that Auden poetry of this period is usually very obscure, he often create ungrammatical elliptical sentence and phrase, resulting semantic ambiguity ; obscure characters and ambiguous symbol, such as strangers, etc., resulting in further obscure. Fourth chapter first introduces the background, then the analysis of some representative poems from the 1933 to 1938 period. Witnessed the cruel reality, Auden began to write poetry about social events, and obscure began to disappear early in his poetry. Style main features of this period is long, multi-clause, these clauses syntactically very complicated, but in line with the syntax logic. The fifth chapter focuses on the characteristics of the final stage of the Auden poem. Kierkegaard's theory in this period, Oden interested in trying to find a new way to explore human. Therefore, this period of his poetry is filled with religious overtones. More inclined to talk to the poetic language is also more in line with the wording and syntax specification. Chapter VI is the concluding part of the paper. The authors review the main content of the paper. Auden's poetry is a new attempt to analyze, from the point of view of the prospects of the paper, we prove this is a viable method. Oden's contribution to the development of poetry, and he continues to lead mankind out of the woods to explore, all certificates Ming Aodeng indeed a great poet.

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