ENGL 369
American Poetry Spring 2018
Division I
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This course is devoted to studying the work of key figures in American poetry, from Whitman and Dickinson to writers of our own moment, attentive to the social, historical, and aesthetic pressures that shape their work. We will read widely in the major poetic traditions, from Modernism, Objectivism, and the Harlem Renaissance through the mid-century work of the New York School, Beats, Black Arts, Confessional, and Language poets. We’ll also keep a close eye on the contemporary scene, in part through interactions with visiting poets. We’ll read a few writers deeply, tracing both their inheritances and also the ways they “make it new,” in Pound’s phrase, and asking what these innovations disclose about the formal, political, and experiential possibilities of poetry as a cultural form in the long “American century.”
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3828
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: engaged participation; one 5- to 7-page paper and one final 12- to 15-page paper
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, or consent of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: English Majors using the course to fulfill a requirement
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories C

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