2145 - Robert Frost, Marianne Moore, W. H. Auden: Three Major Modern Poets
In Frost we will be reading conversational language in structured poems. Often seen as a folksy New England farmer-philosopher talking with neighbors in a country store, Frost is much more. Under the influence of Emerson, he uses nature as symbol and values independence, individualism, and self-reliance. Like Frost, Moore uses nature but her descriptions develop further the subject's virtues, causing her to be termed a moralist. Moore's poetry is originally structured, containing elaborate stanzas built with syllabic count and using half rhyme. Born in England and educated at Oxford, Auden became an American citizen in 1946. Auden's writing shows many influences, including Frost. Auden's career spanned nearly half a century. Known for technical acumen, writing in all forms and styles, his writings covered a broad range of subjects, from politics to science and love. This class will be very text-focused: during meetings we will read and discuss selected poems from the assignments. Lecture (plus questions). Facilitated Discussion. Viewing Videos.
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