2501 - American Poetry: a Tour with Stops, Scheduled and Unscheduled
The course text is an anthology of American poetry from the 17th century to the early 21st. Some of the poets in it are necessary reading because of their importance and influence: Bradstreet, Dickinson, Eliot, Frost, Stevens, Whitman. Others are witnesses to our own age: Berryman, Bishop, Plath, Roethke. There are many more. We will choose poems from the book and, using the same criteria, discuss some of the poems briefly, others at length. We will seek both the heart and the mind of the poems: the language, form, and technique the poets use to express their observation and emotion and to evoke them in the reader. The course will reward close reading, careful listening, and willing contributions to our discussions. It also helps to have a good sense of humor. Facilitated Discussion
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