Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name


Department (Legacy)

College of Arts and Sciences


Cawein, Madison Julius, 1865-1914


After a careful study of Madison Cawein's poetry, and comparing his views on religion and philosophy with those of some of the great English poets, Wordsworth, Shelley, Byron, Tennyson and Browning, I shall summarize them as follows, and treat each subject by comparison with these writers and with selections from his and their poems, substantiating these statements: 1. Cawein's conception of God is That God is the Fountain of all Mind, Beauty, Truth and Love. 2. His Poetry Embodies the Idea of Pantheism. 3. His Poetry Teaches the Evolution of the Soul. 4. His Poetry Expressed the Platonic Philosophy of Pre-Existence. 5. His Poetry Expresses a Belief in the Immortality of the Soul. 6. His Poetry Does Not Treat of the Doctrines of Christianity.