Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Bruce Baker
Willa Cather’s reputation as a coherent symbolist needs no real amplification. Starting with O Pioneers!, her novels are emphatic manifestations of her artistic use of symbolism. Cather's poems and short stories are in some cases earlier evidence of her skill in this area. Moreover, a clearly observable pattern of symbolism, motif-like in its coherency and regularity, manifests itself throughout her works. Cather, and her poetry, short fiction, and novels, exhibits a sensitivity to the seasonal cycle, an attention which exerts a strong influence upon the total meaning of her art.
Daly, Daniel J., "The cycle of the seasons in selected works of Willa Cather" (1969). Student Work. 3249.
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