Date of Award

Summer 1993

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Janet Sylvester


Katharine's Dream is about a girl born into a family of great passion and great fear. Not all members of the family survive this devastating combination. These poems tell of who survived and how, and of who did not.

The poems are predominantly free verse lyrics which use standard diction and syntax. More often than not, they employ a short line, dense imagery and "white space," which frames the images and ideas, in the words of Mary Oliver, with the necessary "silence." Though the rhythms of some of the poems flow among smoothly, line breaks in others often suggest the hesitation of one coping with an inner ambivalence.

The manuscript is divided into two parts. The first, "The Twilight Fishermen," deals with Katharine's life when young. The second part, "Desire," tells of her experiences as she gets older.



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