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ERIC Number: ED089348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 323
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The Women's Tradition in American Poetry.
Walker, Cheryl Lawson
The aim of this thesis is to examine the mainstream of American women's poetry in order to establish the existence of a women's tradition. The eight chapters of the dissertation are divided into the following subjects: Anne Bradstreet and the Puritan foundations of the tradition; the women poets before Dickinson and the themes of their poetry; Dickinson and Helen Hunt Jackson considered in terms of the nineteenth century conception of the woman poet; Louise Guiney and Lizette Reese at the turn of the century; Elinor Wylie and Sara Teasdale, their women's wisdom; Edna St. Vincent Millay, her overlooked ambivalence; Louise Bogan as the classic women's tradition poet; and Sylvia Plath, a modern instance. The first part of the conclusion discusses the attitude of renunciation that was prevalent in women's literature until recently. The second part of the conclusion looks at women poets today and their commitment to life, which reflects the recent emphasis on self-realization in women's lives and the breaking down of the women's tradition. (Author/LL)
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