Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2019

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

English

First Advisor

Noah Eli Gordon

Second Advisor

Jennifer Schwartz

Third Advisor

Marin Bickman

Abstract

These are poems of distance.

These poems grow from varying degrees of separation. The first is the distance between the speaker and the addressed, be that the self, the beloved, the father, another beloved. You and I are not always clear distinctions, not always one person, not always the same from poem to poem, or line to line. The conversation between you and I is more immediate and physical than between he and she, who exist more as separate ideas rather than active participants. Either way pronouns are place holders for people, evolving and shifting like ghosts, who have existed, or may exist, or something in between.

I’m taking the risk of writing about love and sentimentality with the hope that through contrasting imagery, sound, and attention to detail I’ll create something that is simultaneously unique and universal.

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