Date of Award

Spring 2019

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chair

Angela Ball

Committee Chair School


Committee Member 2

Adam Clay

Committee Member 2 School


Committee Member 3

Craig Carey

Committee Member 3 School



First Set is a collection of poetry by Alfonso Zapata, with poems contained therein from as long ago as 2015. This thesis and project examines art, especially music, and its effects on memory and emotion. The world that these poems explicate is charged with passion and drive, spurred on by the continuous exposure to art in its characters both fictional and autobiographical. The goal of these writings is not just to portray how people can be affected by art, but to give art its own agency. In the poetry’s efforts to demystify the subject of art, art becomes its own living individual, capable of manipulation and humanity just as much as the people who view it.

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Poetry Commons