Thesis Title

Know Myself: Poetry as Autobiography

Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Access Only Senior Thesis


Bachelor of Arts

Primary Major

Literary and Cultural Studies

Thesis Advisor

Carlos Rodriguez, MA


This essay examines the history and traditions of poetic autobiography, as well as its impact on the current culture, including feminist subcultures and the psychological basis for its use in trauma therapy. I also discuss poetical devices particular to autobiography and demonstrate the application of them through samples from my own body of work: a collection of 32 poems written independently during the past ten years.

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