Author Archives: Madeline Thorpe

About Madeline Thorpe

maddieMaddie Thorpe has twice served as a Shenandoah intern, once as Poem of the Week Editor and once as Social Networking Editor.  She is from Southern California and will take a degree in English from Washington and Lee in spring of 2014.

A Poet Laureate’s Portrait

The most significant position in the world of poetry is that of the United States Poet Laureate.  Every year the Librarian of the U.S. Congress selects a poet for this position.  As America’s official poet, the Poet Laureate serves a … Continue reading

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The Writing Compulsion

In compiling and selecting works for Shenandoah, I constantly wonder why people read fiction and especially why authors want to write fiction.  In considering this question, I turned to the words of fiction authors in order to understand their motivations … Continue reading

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I want to highlight an Irish poet, William Butler Yeats.  Yeats was born in Dublin in 1865 and was raised in both County Sligo and London.  Although his father was a successful artist, Yeats … Continue reading

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The Great Gatsby: “Can’t repeat the past?… Why of course you can!”

I recently read The Great Gatsby in my English 368 class with Professor Conner.  I remember reading this “Great American Novel” during my sophomore year of high school.  My reading of the book then was definitely a little “sophomoric.”  It is … Continue reading

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What Inspires a Writer?

One of the most interesting concepts in literature is the writer’s inspiration.  Whenever I read, I constantly wonder where authors get their ideas for stories and what motivates them to write.  Usually I write because I am facing an encroaching … Continue reading

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By Brendan Galvin Thistle, you look like another of evolution’s jokes, impossible as a great blue heron seems impossible, though you both are brilliant survivors. Still, mixed metaphor, it looks like someone hung you all over with shaving brushes nobody … Continue reading

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