Electronic Theses and Dissertations



Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



Committee Chair

Emily Skaja

Committee Member

Marcus Wicker

Committee Member

Courtney Santo


A Poets Guide to Loving Yourself asks the question, how do we move from grief of losing another to a place of empowerment and fulfillment? The poems explore the dual nature of being human, such as wanting independence while also desiring the affection of another. The use of narrative and emotionally driven language show the evolution of a woman transforming from a place of self-doubt and insecurity to one of wholeness in her place in the world and an understanding that she is valued for simply being. The use of the aubade is heavy in this collection and the speaker moves from private voice, to create emotional rapport with the reader and public voice, to share with the reader the speakers lessons. The collection moves through a story arc that reminds the reader the paradox that when we accept ourselves, that is when we can finally transform and step into who we are meant to be.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest