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Modern American Poetry

ENGL 016.301
instructor(s):
TR 3-4:30
fulfills requirements:
Sector 1: Theory and Poetics of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major

This course will consider twentieth-century innovations in American poetry. We will begin with the two contrasting figureheads of modern American verse: Walt Whitman, with his open and capacious lines, and Emily Dickinson, with her incisive and sharpened words. With these foundational poles in mind, we will read a range of poetic voices: in the early part of the century, the instigations of T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound and the rich forms of the Harlem Renaissance; in midcentury, the beats and confessional verse; and  at the century’s end, cultural and experimental turns. Course requirements include two essays and shorter response papers.