The Poetry of Theodore Roethke: A Terrible Violence of Creation

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poetry, literature, Theodore Roethke, thematic development, imagery, symbol patterns


Comparative Literature | English Language and Literature | Poetry | Rhetoric and Composition


Theodore Roethke's poetic work consists entirely of fairly short lyric poems. These lyrics are unusual in that most of them comprise in a very real sense a single larger drama, the drama of the poet's struggle to reveal, accept, and finally transcend certain conflicts within himself. What Roethke says of some of his poems written in the late 1940's applies equally well tot he entire range of his work. "Each poem...is complete in itself; yet each in a sense is...part of a slow spiritual progress; an effort to be born and later, to become something more."

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English: Literature and Writing

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