ENGL 351 Spring 2014 Modernist Poetry and Poetics

This survey of Modernist poetry and poetics focuses on writers who "make it new," in Pound's phrase, creating innovative forms that reflect the pressures of a period marked by radical change. We will read many of the most remarkable poets of this immensely fertile artistic era, including Yeats, Pound, Eliot, Stein, Stevens, Loy, Moore, H.D., Williams, Hughes, Brown, Zukofsky, Niedecker, and Oppen. While considerable time will be spent close reading poems, we will situate these writers within their social, political, and artistic contexts, and will ask what kind of inheritance they offer to subsequent generations. Our readings will thus lead us into further discussions about the period's many transformations to the production and reception of poetry as a genre.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: in addition to bi-weekly response papers, you will research, write, and revise a 12-page term paper
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Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preference: English majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories C
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 3769
ENGL351-01(S) SEM Modernist Poetry and Poetics Division 1: Languages and the Arts Jessica M. Fisher
MWF 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Schapiro Hall 141 3769
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