Before Daughters and Amplifying Ambiguous Loss in Poetry: How the Line Break Functions as an Effect
Date of Award
The line break is almost impossible to define by itself and more tangible to define as an effect that works with all aspects of language within a poem. Through analysis of the poetic line in both the works of others and my own poetry, I show how the line break as an effect works to amplify feelings of ambiguous loss within individual poems. Looking at how the line break functions in poems having to do with ambiguous loss accomplishes two things: it educates readers on the intricacies of loss and especially non-death losses, and it brings the line break to the forefront of the discussion by highlighting how the line break adds significance to poems about loss instead of solely relying on the language in the poem to convey meaning.
Dr. Gary McDowell
Committee Member 1
Dr. Annette Sisson
Committee Member 2
Dr. Sarah Blomeley
English, Department of
Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of
Master of Arts (MA)
Smith, Madison, "Before Daughters and Amplifying Ambiguous Loss in Poetry: How the Line Break Functions as an Effect" (2022). English Creative Writing Theses. 3.