Title

Hoarfrost

Date of Award

Winter 1997

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

Committee Director

Scott Cairns

Committee Member

Tim Seibles

Committee Member

Janet Peery

Committee Member

Phil Raisor

Abstract

Many of the poems in this collection reflect an engagement with an inherited literary tradition of ancient Greek, Latin, and Hebraic mythologies. The first section, entitled "Flint," deals with the ancient text of the Bible and with biblical and religious landscapes. The second section, "'The Seven," based on Aeschylus' The Seven Against Thebes, explores the possibilities of the reinterpretation and elaboration of an ancient story in a contemporary context. While "The Seven" literally refers to the seven gates at Thebes, the number is random, and does in fact represent an infinite number of stories. The penultimate section, "Hoarfrost," explores the voices of women in both contemporary and mythological landscapes. Finally, "Scapes" is a section that confronts landscape in terms of attachment to place. According to traditions of poetics, many of the pieces are written in either blank verse or in some other measured form. All of the poems in Hoarfrost attend the details of image, voice, and music.

DOI

10.25777/mh8q-hv46

ISBN

9780591623574

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