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.
|Commitee:||Mohr, William, Webb, Charles Harper|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Brewer, William, Dickinson, Emily, Plath, Sylvia, Poetry, Schomburg, Zachary|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be