Garden poetry

Musgrave, Elizabeth A. (1987). Garden poetry Other, School of Geography, Planning and Architecture, The University of Queensland.

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Author Musgrave, Elizabeth A.
Thesis Title Garden poetry
School, Centre or Institute School of Geography, Planning and Architecture
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1987
Thesis type Other
Supervisor Brit Andresen
Total pages 111
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subjects 120103 Architectural History and Theory
Formatted abstract
This thesis seeks to investigate a set of ideas that might contribute to an understanding of the phenomenon of the garden. In exploring the phenomenon, it is possible to establish what it is that makes gardens meaningful - why gardens are special places and why the building of a garden is a significant creative act.

Freed from the purely functional requirements of habiting, the garden is used to express ideas that its creator has about this world. In creating gardens he is describing for himself his understanding of the world and his position in relation to it.

The phenomenon of the garden is explored in five self contained chapters. Individually, each chapter deals with one particular idea and traces the development of that idea through history. Together, the five chapters describe a pattern that is a useful tool in understanding how man shapes his environment. Providing a common thematic concern is the notion that poetry is the means by which these ideas are realized in gardens.

The first capter, The Garden Story, discusses the concept of the garden as an archetype - a model of the world in which man provides the ingredient that he perceives to be missing.

A Miniaturized World discusses the way in which miniaturization is used to create a model of the world in its totality, or to provide the ingredient missing from it. A Grotesque World discusses the way in which the elements of the garden are combined in 'unnatural' ways to challenge man's perception of his world.

The Cave and the Hut discusses the phenomena of the archetypes that man 'builds' as reminders of his place in the world. Two such archetypes are the cave and the hut. The final chapter, Along the Garden Path, discusses the route through the garden as a metaphor of the journey through the world.
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