Title

Simbelmynë

Date of Award

4-30-2018

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

English

First Advisor

Beth Gylys

Second Advisor

Sheri Joseph

Third Advisor

David Bottoms

Abstract

SIMBELMYNË is a collection of poems charting loss, both public and private, and a blended family navigating the domestic sphere. The structure is free verse prose poetry. The author makes use of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Two Towers for the title of the work, as well as the names of the six section headings. The first portion of the book deals with narratives of grief surrounding the first-person speaker, then the shifts into the experience of falling in love. The work cycles over to the unexpected murder of the speaker's childhood friend, which echoes back to days of earlier loss. As the narrator learns to cope with her friend's death, she marries and has another child. The last half of the book concludes that peace, hope, and positivity can follow tragedy.

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