Date of Award

4-18-2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

Abstract

" Some of the Parts" begins with an introductory essay that focuses on my personal poetic vision as well as discussing my belief in the operation of poetic language. It starts by exploring the path of my graduate study and goes on to work through the mechanics of denotation and connotation, among many other poetic devices. It shows my belief in the immortality available through poetry's attention to specific moments in life. The three sections of poems were written over the past two years. The themes are set up to flow into and out of each other, between ars poetica, nature and beauty, and my choice of forms: anaphora, list poem, etc. I hope that the order of the pieces works well and ultimately colors my poetic aesthetic correctly and exhibits the import I place on the smaller "parts" of the human condition.

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