Astigmatism: poems exploring the misshapen I

by Hall-Zieger, Anna

Abstract (Summary)
This thesis is a book of poems, containing two major sections. The first part is a critical introduction to the creative writing; the second part consists of poetry that I have composed, revised, and revisited during the time I have spent working on my Masters degree. The poems comprise the larger section and is a cohesive collection bound by a progression of theme, style, and mode. In the critical introduction, I discuss many influences on my poetry and I explore how my poetry adheres to various modes and styles as well as how it differs from them. While I remain drawn to the confessional style, my work does not adhere enough to the strictures of that mode, and I find it rather stifling. However, instead of attempting to redefine the confessional/postconfessional mode, or arguing for one specific critical perspective, I attempt to propose different guidelines for my poetry, which seems to fall into a yet unnamed category, that I call the lyric memoir. I hope to suggest a method of reading that considers the confessional poem as representative of neither a completely constructed persona, nor a strictly autobiographical retelling of the poet�s life. The second section of the thesis consists of thirty-seven poems. Although, I do not subdivide the poetry into labeled chapters, I have organized it so that the reader can identify a movement or progression of theme. The early poems contain reflective pieces that most closely mirror the confessional and/or postconfessional modes, as I explore my psyche, my perceived reality, and my role in the world. The middle poems address relationships�both my relationships with others and how people interact. The later poetry reflects the world as a whole, although, as suggested by the title, all of the poems respond in some way to the title�s implication of analyzing identity and add to the cohesion of the collection as they represent a journey from the self outward
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Taylor, Chuck; Alonzo, Juan; Hamera, Judith; McCann, Janet

School:Texas A&M University

School Location:USA - Texas

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:poetry creative writing


Date of Publication:08/01/2006

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