I was one of seven Northwestern English Majors selected to write an Honors thesis. My thesis explores the epistolary correspondence between Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren during the American Revolution, specifically focusing on their employment of classical and modern literary performativity as a tactic to establish women's historical and literary voices. I want to better understand how these women work to reimagine the relationship between the classical and the modern, the Stoical and the sentimental, the public and the private, the national and the domestic, and the masculine and the feminine.
I have always been a lover of poetry. With songs, the lyrics need to move at the speed of human thought. However, with poetry, I can pack my lines with density and nuance, encouraging a reader to take their time dissecting every particular word choice in order to get the most out of the poem's meaning.
I took a poetry class in which I had to write a variety of poems with a focus on specific elements of poetry, such as diction, repetition, rhyme, and meter.