Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Glen Newkirk


The reader of literary criticism soon discovers that there exists a multiplicity of critical terms. While some terminology the critics employ entertain vague meanings at best or have different applications by various writers, and systematic analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of a poem requires a critical structure specifically devised for that purpose in which the critical terms are defined precisely and in which the critical assumptions used for analysis, evaluation, and interpretation are stated clearly.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1971 Dolph Duane Johnson.

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