2505 - Early 20th Century American and English Poetry
Poetry has changed and evolved over the millennia since writing began but, about 100 years ago, a revolution occurred. After reading Shakespeare and Tennyson and, with some effort, understanding them, we encounter Eliot, Stevens, and Cummings, who often appear impenetrable. We search their poetry for hints and clues - anything to help us understand. Even when we fail to understand, we sense that something new and important was happening. This class will make us better readers and enrich our experience of this powerful new poetry, by reading and discussing short poems by Yeats, Eliot, Pound, H. D. (Hilda Dolittle), Edna St Vincent Millay, Wallace Stevens, E. E. Cummings, Marianne Moore and others. Poems will be provided by e-mail before class sessions and during class, we will read from the projector screen. There are no required texts, but we'll discuss several books during the first class. Facilitated Discussion
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