Date of Award

Spring 4-29-2022

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Liberal Studies


English and Linguistics

Department Chair or Program Director

Richards, Gary

First Advisor

Bylenok, Laura

Major or Concentration

English (Creative Writing Concentration)


This chapbook is a series of poems that explore what it is like living with mental illness. It is a collection of ten poems, inspired by the nine circles of hell in Dante’s Inferno. The reader is led on a journey through the mind of the author, each poem providing a modern interpretation of each circle: Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud, and Treachery. This journey into a “hell of the mind’s making” explores the themes of identity, reality, societal expectations and pressures, and self-doubt through the use of form, structure, and image. The collection ends with a poem titled “Age of Man (Revisited),” embodying the cyclical nature of learning to cope with and understand depression, anxiety, and trauma. Order and structure was essential to making this collection flow and convey the feeling and theme of each poem. This collection is ultimately a culmination of the author’s creative work.