The Combinative Muse: A Poet’s Intentional Cultivation of Influence
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This thesis explores creativity as a combinative process and intends to document the intentional development of my poetic work through research, analytical essays, a portfolio of poems, and a personal reflection. There are three analytical essays on the poetics of three subjects: the formal poetic techniques in contemporary rap, the dynamic between the first person “I” and the second person “you” in love and erotic poetry, and the conversation between visual art and poetry through ekphrasis. Each essay is followed by original poetry directly and indirectly inspired by the research. The project concludes with my “Future Eva Manifesto” which responds to the research process and its impact on the development of my creative work and thinking.