Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Departmental Honors




The first poem with which I became fully engaged--that is, the first poem with which I interacted beyond one or two readings--was Wallace Stevens' "Autumn Refrain" my senior year in high school. At this point in my life, I was already enamored with literature, and I had written fair amounts of "poetry" for my high school creative writing classes. However, even though I occasionally enjoyed reading poetry and understood that its language tended to be more compact than other types of literature, if I didn't understand a poem after reading it through once or twice I set it aside and moved on, usually figuring a teacher would explain or map out difficult passages. As a result, reading more than three or four poems at a time simply left me with a headache.

Included in

Poetry Commons



Faculty Mentor

Michael Sowder

Departmental Honors Advisor

Kurt Miller