American poetry in these decades has been enormously various. We will take up a wide range of issues, looking at literary movements as well as individual poetic careers and techniques. Experimental and formal academic verse, the Beats, the New York School, confessional poetry, and language writing will be among the areas we look at. We will do some imitations of specific writing techniques, but there will be considerable emphasis on developing sophisticated critical approaches as well.
Note: This course is ideal for majors concentrating in poetry as a genre, and those concentrating in the 20th century as a period.