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Course Description

.Each week we will discuss poems by one poet.  Like their poetry, the ten poets selected offer diversity--in gender, nationality, race and culture, poetry from America (primarily), England, and the Caribbean.  We will read formalist and free verse poetry, beat poetry and confessional poetry.  Poets include Richard Wilbur, Robert Hayden, James Wright, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Lucille Clifton, Allen Ginsberg, Rita Dove, and Derek Walcott. We’ll discuss some connections between/among the poets. Class will be text-focused with some lecture, but primarily analysis and discussion. In meetings we will read aloud from the assigned poems, examining them carefully in the context of group discussion.  We will take our time to consider important words, phrases, and sentences, trying to get at the primary meaning(s) of poems.  Our ten weeks together promise to be both enjoyable and instructive.  Students should obtain the 3rd edition of the Norton anthology.   Lecture (plus Questions) Facilitated Discussion Viewing Videos
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