ENGL 359
Twentieth-Century Poetry Fall 2009
Division I Writing Skills
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This tutorial focuses on poems by W. B. Yeats, T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, W. H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell and Derek Walcott. We will examine connections among the poets, questions of influence, the significance of tradition and kinds of formal innovations, the meanings of “modernism” and its aftermath. Our emphasis will be on individual poems, including some longer poems such as Eliot’s Four Quartets, Walcott’s Omeros, and Stevens’s “Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction.” Supplementary reading includes essays by these writers on the conception and practice of poetry, as well as literary criticism of particular poets or poems.
The Class: Format: tutorial; students will meet with the instructor in pairs for at least an hour each week
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1717
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: students will write a 5-page paper every other week (five in all), and comment on their partners' papers in alternate weeks
Prerequisites: a 100-level English course
Enrollment Preferences: English majors and students who have studied poetry
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Attributes: ENGL post-1900 Courses

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