Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-30-2019

Type (DCMI Terms)

Text

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Henry Hughes

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Language

eng

Abstract

This project analyzes how trauma and social protest have affected the lives and works of World War I poet, Wilfred Owen, and protest songwriter, Pete Seeger. Both were influential in their time, and their compositions powerfully express the themes of trauma caused by the horrors of war, and they demonstrate the social divide arising out of disillusionment. This thesis also includes my own poetry (see appendix). This allows me to better connect with the artists who have come before, and perhaps inspire other writers to come forth and share their experiences. The project offers close examinations of Owen’s poetry and Seeger’s Vietnam War era protest songs, concerning both the writers’ arguments and connections to their personal and social trauma in the 1910s and 1960s-io0s. This thesis reminds readers of the importance of poetry and music in helping people overcome the worst evils and devastations of war and how Owen and Seeger accomplished this not just during their lives but also after their deaths. These artists left a powerful legacy spanning wars and generations, times of hate and times of love.

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