Date of Award

Summer 1943

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




The purpose of this thesis is to make a critical study and analysis of the poetry in Spirit during the nine years of its publication, 1934-1943. The problem is to determine whether or not: the purpose of the magazine is realized, its standards are maintained, there is any progress or development in the quality of the poetry, the subject matter is within the range stipulated by the editors and the Catholic Poetry Society. As no critical study has been made in this field, the magazines themselves, rather than an extensive bibliography, furnish the most satisfying source and the most efficient tool for the study here undertaken. Current books on modern poetry and criticism were used as guides. The evaluation is to be based on the definitions and principles of poetry as outlined by the members of the Society. The study will include a summary of Spirit's literary criticism, a study of the poetry as to substance and form, comments on the authors, and a conclusion.



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