Sewanee: School of Letters Theses 2024

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    Elegy for the Living
    (University of the South, 2024-04-26) Konradi, Anna Katherine
    Poetry, writes Audre Lorde in “Poetry is not a Luxury,” is the “way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought. The farthest external horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock experiences of our daily lives." "Elegy for the Living" is grounded in articulation of radical hope. The thesis considers, but fails to answer, the questions: How do we hold hope in a grief-filled world? And, what is the process by which hope becomes radical? Looking toward the self, the world, the abstract, and community, this work is a practice of radical imagination.