Is Paved with My Good Intentions
Well, the paperwork is done anyway. My Ph.D. application has been officially mailed. It will probably be the end of spring before I hear anything back. But I'm being positive and proactive and already thinking about my plan of study and dissertation. I want to do something with Southern writers. I'm leaning toward the Fugitives, particularly Allen Tate, mainly because of his poem "The Swimmers." The connection between Southern literature and Greek mythology is intriguing to me. But, Lord only knows, it's probably been done ad nauseum. I'm also thinking about the connection between Southern literature and Dante's Inferno. We do love our hellstone and brimfire down here. This mainly came to mind because Tate's "Swimmers" is written in terza rima. The study of poetic form is fascinating to me. The combination of his three-line stanzas and the enjambment between stanzas reminded me ...