What is Confessional Poetry?

What makes a poem confessional?

A Brief Guide to Confessional Poetry | Academy of American Poets states the following about confessional poetry:

Confessional poetry is the poetry of the personal or “I.” This style of writing emerged in the late 1950s and early 1960s and is associated with poets such as Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and W. D. Snodgrass.” (Organic Form: From A Poet’s Glossary)

This article will explore confessional poetry, and we will do this by using the core boundaries and rules of confessional poetry against three notable poetic works from three unorthodox artists: Etheridge Knight, Kendrick Lemar, and Roxane Gay.

The reason behind this is to gain a richer understanding of the art of confession. By widening the subject matter, an essential dialogue about contemporary art could take place and reveal new truths and solutions to our twenty-first-century issues.

I will be using the following characteristics of confessional poetry to help frame the examination:

  • the use of the pronoun ‘I.’
  • the topic of poetry primarily focus on high emotional events, a trauma of an individual
  • the prevalent use of free-verse

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Altering America’s declining happiness by offering Free Higher Education

The World Happiness Report released it’s 2017 edition and it is not looking very cheerful for the United States. And if asked to describe the current the political, social, and economic climate of America today, most college students would probably paint a blue and gloomy picture.

Unfortunately, The decline trust in government, budget constraints, conflict of interest and abuse of power of public officials holding office, and continual decline of social capital is, just some the colors in which our country is being stained. The biggest contributing factor to the American decline is the growing divide between the poor and the rich.

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Urban City Garden

When I first started a worm farm in my one bedroom apartment, I was not thinking about Urban City Garden. It was just me trying to be sustainable.

Looking back I think a huge contributing factor to the success of my plant came from Urban Roots, my vermi-casting and me just wanting to be sustainable. Now I am attempting bigger projects, like hugelkultur beds for portable gardens, collaborating with dope gardeners, and traveling to some pretty great homestays. Click here to see updates on the latest projects in the  Queen’s Garden.