ENGLISH 340 - Studies in Poetry
Summer 2021, Section 201 - Michigan Poets, Then and Now
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Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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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, U-M 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, 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 125 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 recent collections by U-M alums Victoria Chang, Jaswinder Bolina, and francine j. harris.

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

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ENGLISH 340 - Studies in Poetry
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201 (SEM)
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