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|Title:||Does function follow form? Openness and formal association in the early poetry of John Forbes|
|Citation:||TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs, 2019; 23(2):1-20|
|Abstract:||This article aims to reconstruct features of John Forbes’ compositional process in his first decade of serious practice, through analysing drafts and early versions of his poems. I compare early versions of ‘Here’, ‘The Joyful Mysteries’ and ‘Stalin’s Holidays’ to their final incarnations to show how Forbes was resistant to a fixed, or single, idea when writing a poem. In the context of such openness, Forbes’ poems often moved towards a sense of closure, through the pressure his use of form applied and through its more suggestive qualities. Following a comment Forbes made in an interview, I label this process ‘formal association’. I contend that Forbes sought a balance between closure and openness, while arguing that the dynamic interplay of this openness with formal association, during the composition, was crucial to his achievement.|
|Keywords:||John Forbes; form; openness; closure; composition|
|Rights:||© Copyright of all work published in TEXT remains with the authors. For republication, contact the author direct and acknowledge TEXT.|
|Appears in Collections:||Aurora harvest 4|
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