Date of Award

Spring 2020

Presentation Date


Document Type

Senior Essay

First Advisor

Felicia Martinez


Do you often wonder why so many people, from artistic friends to English professors, rave about poetry? Then you've come to the right thesis. For my thesis surveys definitions of a concept to which both ancient and modern thinkers have attributed great poetry's astonishing effect: "sublimity". In addition, I delve into poems which exemplify these definitions—and for the grand finale, I offer a definition and accompanying poem of my own.