ENGLISH 442 - Studies in Poetry
Winter 2014, Section 001 - Post-WWII American Poetry: Personal and Impersonal
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Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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In this seminar, we explore contemporary American poetry and poetics through the lens of “the personal.” That is, we read a variety of poetry from 1945 forward and work to develop a critical vocabulary with which to examine the oft-sounded claim that the difference between contemporary American poetry and modernist poetry is that the former is more “personal.” What kinds of assumptions about reading and writing does that claim foster and depend upon? What literary and historical backgrounds explain the claim and the work it describes? We consider the various virtues and vices associated with the idea of the personal (and with the idea of an ideally “impersonal” poetry called for by T.S. Eliot and the New Critics), weighing these terms’ usefulness as critical descriptors.

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Students will write weekly short papers for P/F credit; write a late mid-term essay of approximately 7-9 pages; and a take-home final exam essay. They will also present a reading of a poem to the class at some point in the semester.

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ENGLISH 442 - Studies in Poetry
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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