Title

misericordia

Award Date

August 2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Committee Member

Donald Revell

Second Committee Member

Maile Chapman

Third Committee Member

Richard Harp

Fourth Committee Member

Elspeth Whitney

Number of Pages

126

Abstract

For this thesis, I am writing a collection of poetry that will be one hundred and nineteen pages. The title of this collection is misericordia and it tells the story of a man forced to wander the earth to escape increasingly apocolyptic weather that plagues any location he finds himself for longer than a day – from raindrops to thunderstorms to earthquakes and beyond. The poems document his daily struggles as well as his increasingly troubled faith.

The themes of loneliness, endlessness, and work dominate the thesis as the man continues to struggle to find some comfort in a painful, exhausting world. Throughout the thesis, the Psalms of Exile are rewritten and adapted to his situation, documenting his faith from devout believer, to weary searcher, to renewed faith, to miserable cynic.

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Language

English


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