Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

William McMahon, Willson Wood, George McCelvey

Degree Program

Department of English

Degree Type

Master of Arts


There is a need, then, for a study of Merton's poetry as a whole--a study based not on the poetry as a result of his poetic theory but on the poetry primarily as poetry, and which would include his last three volumes. This paper, therefore, will be a survey of representative samplings from each volume of Merton's poetry, and will take into account the differences and similarities between his early and later periods. It will attempt to discover and illustrate the most significant aspects of the development of Merton's philosophy and poetics, as revealed by the poetry itself and by the critical opinion about it. It of necessity will be selective and somewhat general.


Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, North America | Poetry