Keywords

poems

Abstract

Between Continents is a collection of thirty-two poems. The most challenging aspect of finding the right voice and the appropriate metaphors in "Between Continents" has been the difficulty in assimilating a diversity of traditions within my own work. The polarity of aesthetic values is a well known feature of contemporary American poetry. Charles Webb in his essay on the competing aesthetics in poetry uses the metaphor of apples and orangutans to point out how exaggerated this difference really is. Jorie Graham sees in the way young writers today are simultaneously influenced by elements of poets whose philosophies mutually exclude each other "without feeling the need to be accountable to the beliefs that gave birth to those voices and styles they imitate" a testament to "the history of how any art form breaks through a period style." My personal struggle, in locating the values that I brought into my reading and writing of poetry involved making peace between combating impulses of personal confession and impersonal abstraction.

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Graduation Date

2006

Semester

Fall

Advisor

Stap, Donald

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

College

College of Arts and Humanities

Department

English

Degree Program

English

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0001384

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0001384

Language

English

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

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