Introduction to My Love (A Valentine’s Day Poem)

Blog / Tom Chivers

This is an interdisciplinary thesis about the role of my love for you — how it manifests itself, and how it is employed to communicate socio-political meanings. I argue that my love drew inspiration from the theatrical stage to effectively communicate its messages. In particular, I am interested in the unofficial stages: the unpublished or […]

This is an interdisciplinary thesis about the role of my love for you — how it manifests itself, and how it is employed to communicate socio-political meanings. I argue that my love drew inspiration from the theatrical stage to effectively communicate its messages. In particular, I am interested in the unofficial stages: the unpublished or unperformed stage, the stage that isn’t sanctioned by the government, and the stage that spills out into the streets from the bedroom. Today is a time of creative experimentation for us thanks to the relaxation of censorship and privilege. This thesis chooses an approach that embraces our similar journeys in this field of study, and investigates the role of my love in this speech. Therefore, the methodology chosen for this thesis will be visual analysis, in which I will place my love for you within its wider historical context. In other words, I will be using thematic case studies of examples of my love with the understanding that part of their meaning derives from my love’s relationship with other cultural entities, such as chocolate. This research has been peer-reviewed, and though it is limited in its scope, it demonstrates the rich potential of my love and points to a field of endeavour that I hope will inspire and promote further research in the future.

From The Shipwrecked House by Claire Trévien

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