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Roland Barthes writes in his first book, “…style is never anything but metaphor, that is, equivalence of the author’s literary intention and carnal structure.” In the process of writing my thesis, a portion of which accompanies this application, I was enthralled by the idea that a poet’s manner could become an allegorical representation of his or her identity. I came to believe that this was not the carnal structure that Barthes describes, but rather a poetic persona formed by the poet and communicated in traces across his or her oeuvre. Something akin to le poète maudit of Baudelaire and Rimbaud.

“Make it new,” Ezra Pound’s famous slogan, became something of a mantra for me during my senior year. I set myself the goal of performing original, meaningful research in three projects. The first is…

Pound lifts the phrase “Make it new” from a French translation of a Confucian text. It’s original meaning is more closely linked to self-renovation than novelty, and it is in that sense that the phrase has become my mantra. I have an unbridled zest for self-renovation and for challenging myself. As I have tried to explain in this statement I think your university…

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