The price of liberty: A collection of poems and prose that explore the interplay between freedom and sacrifice
The Price of Liberty: A collection of poems and prose that explores the interplay between freedom and sacrifice. David Schmidt This mini-thesis explores the interplay between concepts of freedom and sacrifice. It comprises a collection of 28 original poems as well as a reflective essay that explores some of the themes that emerge through the creative work. The premise of the collection is the notion that freedom is necessarily ambiguous and inevitably involves some countervailing sacrifice or loss. The act of exercising freedom in an oppressive context by transgressing prescribed norms, for example, has its countervailing consequences of shame, humiliation or punishment. Struggles for political freedom similarly involve many forms of sacrifice. The attainment of political or social freedom conversely comes with its own losses – loss of meaning, certainty, innocence, solidarity or even integrity. Relationship itself always involve a tension between obligation and agency – freedom is constrained by values.