ENGLISH 442 - Studies in Poetry
Section: 001 Conversations With Dead People
Term: FA 2019
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Death is often imagined as one of the main topics of interest to poets across literary periods. But some poems, and some poets, take this interest one step further, positioning themselves as capable of speaking to the dead. In this course, we’ll read poems in which poets use rhetorical devices (like apostrophe, personification, and prosopopoeia) to stage conversations with dead people—and study the wild history of poets (including W. B. Yeats, Sylvia Plath, James Merrill, and Lucille Clifton) who used material means, such as Ouija boards, mediums, and automatic writing, to communicate with spirits. Our main texts will be poetry, but we will also explore academic scholarship, popular writing, and other media pertaining to the history of and various ways of imagining “the occult.” Main assignments will include a creative portfolio of original poetry as well as an analytical/research-based seminar paper.

ENGLISH 442 - Studies in Poetry
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001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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