Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Leaving Symphony: Musicality and Voice in the Poetry of Trauma, Addiction, and Redemption
by Williams, Evan, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 65; 10785346
Abstract (Summary)

The Leaving Symphony: Musicality and Voice in the Poetry of Trauma, Addiction, and Redemption represents two years of my critical and creative writing while attending the California State University, Long Beach M.F.A. in Creative Writing program. Evident in the poems of this manuscript, my major themes include trauma, addiction, and personal redemption, all through the intimate lens of my family and myself. Crucial to my writing is the evolution of those struggles, seen in the organization of the poems in this thesis. The methodological essay at the beginning of this project details my process and influences, followed by a full-length collection of poetry. My poetry is highly musical thanks to the inspiration of both my musician father and several writers, such as Sylvia Plath and Dean Young; my work also possesses a distinctive voice that took me decades to find, especially as a poet. This thesis documents that growth and eventual catharsis in writing.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hernandez, David
Commitee: Mohr, William, Webb, Charles Harper
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: English
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Creative writing
Keywords: Brewer, William, Dickinson, Emily, Plath, Sylvia, Poetry, Schomburg, Zachary
Publication Number: 10785346
ISBN: 9780438209091
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