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Experiencing narrative poetry in the verse-novel for children and young adults: a verse-novel, Homing poems, with accompanying exegesis

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posted on 2022-03-28, 17:45 authored by Elizabeth Claire Alberts
The contemporary verse-novel for children and young adults is a hybrid genre that tends to use free verse poetry that is sometimes devoid of figurative language or other rhetorical qualifiers associated with poetry. As a result, many verse-novels have been criticised for consisting of chopped-up prose instead of poetry. This thesis challenges these critical positions by discussing how the notion of poetry is often delimited by traditionalist viewpoints, and by examining how contemporary culture and a recent paradigm shift in children's poetry may have fostered the verse-novel's evolution. Moreover, this study investigates how the narrative element of the verse-novel influences the shape and presentation of poetry, producing a reciprocal relationship between these two genres.


Table of Contents

Exegesis. Introduction. Validating the verse-novel : a new hybrid genre Chapter One. The connection of poetry and narrative Chapter Two. Affective experiences of narrative poetry in verse-novels Chapter Three. Experiences of narrative poetry in self-reflexive verse-novels Chapter Four. Writing the young adult verse-novel -- Verse-novel. Homing poems.


Bibliography: pages 502-541 Theoretical thesis. The original thesis contains the verse-novel "Homing Poems" as an integral part of the thesis. However, this novel has been omitted in this digital copy.

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of English

Department, Centre or School

Department of English

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Marcelle Freiman

Additional Supervisor 1

Victoria Flanagan

Additional Supervisor 2

John Stephens


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