Date of Last Revision

2018-04-26 11:14:23



Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2018


Poetry is often perceived as an unfamiliar form of expression. With misconceptions of poetry being as something driven by pure epiphany, poetry is lost amongst many individuals. This misconception is challenged throughout this collection and encourages readers to embrace vulnerability through the speaker’s passage to self acceptance. In my piece, “For the Big Horns,” vulnerability is encompassed when the speaker says that “The mountain told me that we are all animals without blueprints. That people are no longer people without fear, and that fear is a root.” These lines encapsulate the speaker’s persistence to show readers an experience of humanness, and how this perspective can be expressed throughout the reach of poetry. Poetry is capable of restoring the wonder that can be found within one, and this collection of poetry is the beginning to this journey.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Mary Biddinger

First Reader

Dr. Heather Braun

Second Reader

Dr. Jon Miller


To access the poetry from the collection "Before the Rain Came," please contact Alizabeth Christian at the following e-mail:

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Poetry Commons



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