USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)

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Julie Armstrong, Ph.D. Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

Second Advisor

Tiffany Chenneville, Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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This thesis is about my poetry and how I use poetry as an emotional release. I will debate the notion that self-published poetry is not as prestigious as works published by university or commercial presses. To secure this debate I will compare my poetry to that of famous poets, such as Shakespeare, Dickinson, and Rilke and show the different ways poetry can be approached and judged. Then I will use samples of my poetry and relate them to psychological theories. Theories related to grief and self-actualization will show the gravity of my poetry. This, in tum, will show how poetry can be used for therapeutic purposes, as well as strengthen the argument pertaining to the emotional appeal my poetry has.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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