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Corpus Collosum

by Holihan, Sarah Elizabeth

Abstract (Summary)
Within the human brain is a unique structure specifically functioning to transverse between the two separate halves of the brain, acting as a fleshy bridge, the corpus collosum connects left and right. My thesis represents two sides of literary genre: poetry and memoir. My poetry often expresses experiences of disconnection while relating strong emotional experience or a singular event. Within the poems the self battles between the desires of the body, and the adventures of the mind. Often, the speaker represents a third party, an in-between, both literally and conceptually. The memoir is wholly separate, part of a childhood story in flux. The poetry and the non-fiction both speak some ‘truth’ about the self; poet and storyteller. Their material proximity creates links otherwise not immediately recognized when genres are read separately. Together, they work to combine aspects of my own creative and philosophical interests: sensual musicality and personal history. By cradling both genres in the textual arms of a single document I intend to achieve a sort of literary collosum, a copulation of musicality and ethnography.
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School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:poetry nonfiction

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Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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