McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
gender, poetry, war
In my thesis, I focus on the role of the twentieth century female poet in writing about war, looking closely at three poets: H.D., Denise Levertov, and Carolyn Forche. By examining poets from three different points within the century, I question the ways in which the reactions towards these poets evolved alongside society's changing perceptions of women's public responsibilities. Poetry of war is important in documenting events that have a lasting impact upon nations and individuals. However, the role of women poets in writing of these political conflicts is worthy of study because of the questions that arise in terms of gender norms, especially in regards to combat as a subject that is considered to be masculine. Particularly, I focus on how each poet cultivates a speaker's voice, especially in terms of poetic vision.
Bienas, K. (2014). War and Witness in the Poetry of H.D., Denise Levertov, and Carolyn Forche (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/315