ENGL 129
Twentieth-Century Black Poets Spring 2015 Division I; Writing-Intensive;
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From Langston Hughes to contemporary poets such as Amiri Baraka and Angela Jackson, African American poets have been preoccupied with the relations of poetry to other traditions. Vernacular speech, English poetry, jazz and other musical forms, folk humor and African mythology have all been seen as essential sources for black poetry. This course will survey major poets such as Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, Countee Cullen, Robert Hayden, Gwendolyn Brooks, Baraka, Jackson, and Yusef Komunyakaa, reading their poems and their essays and interviews about poetic craft. We will ask how black poetry has been defined and whether there is a single black poetic tradition or several.
The Class: Type: discussion/seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3544
Requirements/Evaluation: several short papers totaling at least 20 pages
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: first-year students who have not taken or placed out of a 100-level English course
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirements if registration is under AFR
Distributions: Division I; Writing-Intensive;

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