Date of Award

Spring 2020

Presentation Date


Document Type

Senior Essay

First Advisor

Steve Cortright

Second Advisor

Claude Malary


Are you looking for love?

In this creative project, seven sonnets were composed in order to identify the various types of love. These forms were developed from my personal theory regarding the philosophy of love. This paper is a defence of the sonnet as the form of writing best suited for a dialectical understanding of love, whether that be personal or universal. I have chosen to employ the sonnet to interpret love, as it is the truest form in which to engage this conversation. Since its advent, the sonnet has lent itself to the development of personal thought. The sonnet’s defining characteristics; its subjectivity, its asymmetry, and its perimeters perfectly encourage philosophical meditation on love. If you would like to learn more about love or if you're interested in language and poetry, please come to this seminar!