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University of Alberta
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Sproule, Robert
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Almon, Bert (English)
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Robinson, Zac (Physical Education)
Slemon, Stephen (English)
Department of English and Film Studies

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Master of Arts
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“Intimate Rock” is a collection of original, autobiographical poetry gleaned from my experiences climbing and exploring in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Although many of the poems recall moments spent on specific mountains, the structure of the piece is loosely that of a single climb. This thesis is an examination of the relationship a climber forms with the alpine landscape. It is poetry of engagement, and articulates the raw reality of climbing by focusing on the immediacy of its most engaging moments. As opposed to poetry of the picturesque, “Intimate Rock” zooms in on the exhausting repetition of climbing, a repetition punctuated by brief moments of terror and ecstasy. My goal is that readers who have never stood on a high summit ridge will feel moments of instability, breathlessness, and wonder as they become engaged in poetry crafted to express the climbers’ own engagement.
License granted by Robert Sproule ( on 2011-09-29T18:22:43Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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