Date

12-2009

Degree Name

BA in Modern Literatures and Languages

Department

Modern Languages and Literatures Department

Advisor(s)

Gloria Velasquez

Abstract

For my senior project I will compose a book of poetry that depicts my life to date. The book will be divided into three sections: my childhood, adolescence, and college life. My objective is to show the progression of my life through the emotions of Spanish poetry. This project is a culmination of my knowledge as a MLL major and a Psychology minor. The first section will begin through the eyes of a four year-old child experiencing a tumultuous divorce. Pictures will be added to give the reader a more vivid description. The second section will be a candid view of my transition from childhood to adulthood. This transition period was an extremely important part of my development into adulthood. In the final section, I depict my emotions in the past four years of my adult life. These poems reflect my growing understanding of how my life has evolved and what the future may bring. The majority of the poetry is written in an indirect tone with underlying messages. I attempt to use my brutal honesty as a way for the reader to take a glimpse of my complicated life. I have several expectations of this project. Initially, I hope to inspire others to find an outlet, such as poetry, to creatively express their emotions. I find that when the reader relates to the words of the author, it often times ignites a desire to write their own story. Secondly, I would like to inventively show what I have grown to thrive throughout my years at Cal Poly: the beautiful Spanish Language. Lastly, I hope to teach others the lesson that I have learned through writing poetry: “The ability to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”(Reuihold Niebuhr).

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