Mississippi State University
Kardos, Michael P.
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Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only
Master of Arts
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of English
In this thesis, I observe the methods modern American poets employ to achieve literary activism in their work. Poets Amiee Nezhukumatathil, Marcus Wicker, and Tracy K. Smith all examine and critique different aspects of American life and culture. Ultimately, I argue that each poet, in their own way, develops a voice that deftly straddles between the personal and public. By doing so, the poets invigorate their work with an authenticity that is crucial in developing an ethos vivacious enough to create a call to action for readers. I will also discuss how I create a similar balance of the personal and public in my own work in order to stir readers into an activist mindset.
Kealhofer, Sam, "Inheritance" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 2732.