This thesis examines the relationship between poetic language, psychiatric illness, and the threat of ontological dissolution, in relation to the work of three modern Australian poets: Francis Webb (1925-1973), Bruce Beaver (1928-2004) and Michael Dransfield (1948-1973). Each of these three poets, moreover, writes of illnesses involving a loss of contact with reality, sometimes called psychosis, and the speaking voices of their poems exhibit complex relationships to the words they are enunciating. The thesis contends that the formal characteristics of the poems have a significant role in shaping the mentally ill subject, and the way they interact with language.
- Embargoed from 14/08/2018 to 14/08/2020. Made publicly available on 14/08/2020.