ENGLISH 340 - Studies in Poetry
Section: 002 Michigan Poets, Then and Now
Term: WN 2017
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
Theme
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Though most people associate him with New England, Robert Frost spent several years in Ann Arbor in the 1920s, serving as the University of Michigan’s poet in residence. A local drugstore even named one of its ice-cream treats, the Frost-Bite, after him. In the decades that followed, UM offered teaching positions to scores of remarkable poets, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur Award, and the Nobel Prize in Literature. A partial roll call would include such names as W. H. Auden, Robert Hayden, Joseph Brodsky, Czeslaw Milosz, Ted Berrigan, Alice Fulton, and Anne Carson. A number of other major poets—Theodore Roethke, Frank O’Hara, Anne Stevenson, X. J. Kennedy, Marge Piercy, Jane Kenyon—studied at the university. And in 1978, Donald Hall founded the University of Michigan Press’s Poets on Poetry series—the most notable series of its kind in the country, and now boasting 115 titles.

In this course, we’ll read and discuss works by poets who (a) were shaped by Ann Arbor’s literary culture and (b) helped to shape that culture. (The categories are often overlapping.) We’ll extend the conversation into the present, as we read new work by Laura Kasischke, Linda Gregerson, and Khaled Mattawa. And we’ll look to the future, as best we can, by reading poems by promising UM alums: Darcie Dennigan, Vievee Francis, and francine j. harris.

Course Requirements:

Assignments will include creative and critical interrogations of the readings, as well as recitations, presentations, and a final paper.

Class Format:

Lecture and discussion.

ENGLISH 340 - Studies in Poetry
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
22239
Open
14
 
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MW 5:30PM - 7:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
22240
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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