Coven of the Wildewood and the accompanying exegesis implement Riane Eisler’s Cultural Transformation Theory, a conceptual framework that argues for a return to a partnership model of society. The predominant use of Eisler’s theory is in the construction of shamanic poetry that mirrors the ‘golden age and paradise lost’ found in cosmogonic mythology, which cycles in a partnership of unity. Shamanism itself constitutes this theme through the vision quests of the shaman, which enact the primordial unity of nature’s paradox. These themes are explored in the literature review through the poets Taliesin, Arthur Rimbaud, and Gary Snyder in relation to narrative style and structure.
Submitted in the fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Creative Arts (Creative Writing), University of the Sunshine Coast, 2016.