Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Michael Lund, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

E. Derek Taylor, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Chene Heady, Ph.D.


This thesis analyzes the history of English literature as it evolves due to the changing thoughts and ways of poets. Discussing conventions of this literature such as innocence, escapism, and hope, it also analyzes the works of various different poets from these time periods and how they shaped literature into what it has become.



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