Marginality and Detachment in the Poetry of A. M. Klein

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Marginality and Detachment in the Poetry of A. M. Klein
Abstract
The author examines the published poetry of A. M. Klein (1909-1972). She argues that while on the surface, the poetry reflects a man who seems comfortable with his Jewish past and his present life living in Montreal, closer examination reveals that this poet is, in fact, marginal to much of his life. The author defines marginality as the state of being aware of an environment, but feeling apart from it. She maintains that Klein was marginal to the religious traditions of his ancestors, to many aspects of his life in Montreal, to Palestine, and to many of the expressions of contemporary Judaism. She concentrates on the poetic devices which Klein utilised to enable him to write about those areas of life to which his poetry shows that he felt marginal or that he found particularly painful. She notes that Klein distanced or detached himself or his audience, using a variety of distancing techniques. The author concludes by discussing Klein's perception of his role as a poet and how this is reflected in his poetry.
Type
Master's Thesis
University
McMaster University
Place
Hamilton, ON
Date
1978
Language
en
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Citation
Berck, Brenda. “Marginality and Detachment in the Poetry of A. M. Klein.” Master’s Thesis, McMaster University, 1978. http://digitalcommons.mcmaster.ca/opendissertations/4890.
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