Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - ECU Access Only


Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours


Faculty of Regional Professional Studies

First Supervisor

Robyn McCarron


This is a book of relatively short lyrical poems. There is a strong emphasis on various meter and rhyme schemes without using more formal poetic structures such as sonnets or quatrains. There are poems written in iambic trimeter (as explained in greater detail in the exegesis following the poems), and others using syllabic line counts and various interpretations of triadic line schemes. The idiom of most poems in the collection aims to be accessible and contemporary. There are one or two exceptions where the language is more obtuse and difficult. Many of the poems write back to other poets in some way. Some poems use other poets' techniques; some make use of similar themes and images, but hopefully all are employed in an original manner. Several examples of these strategies are expanded upon in the exegesis. The subject matter is at times confronting with some poems examining different obsessive behaviours. However, others have a far more reflective tone. It aims to be a well-written and entertaining read.