ENGLISH 440 - Modern Poetry
Section: 001 Modern Poetry: 1900-1950
Term: FA 2019
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The course surveys the major poetic voices of the first half of the 20 Century to the extent possible within one term. We shall begin by considering the emergence of Modernism and early practitioners such as W. B. Yeats, T. S. Eliot, and Marianne Moore as well as some outspoken dissenters from the movement like William Carlos Williams. The poetry of the Harlem Renaissance was certainly energized by some of the aesthetic priorities of Modernism even as it resisted others, as we shall see in the work of Countee Cullen and Langston Hughes. The unprecedented hardship wrought by the Great Depression had a profound impact on the poetry of the 1930s, whether for well-established voices like Robert Frost or relative newcomers like W. H. Auden. Finally, in addition to the theme of poverty and economic inequality, we shall also explore the challenges and opportunities posed by the rise of the entertainment industry and mass culture more generally.

Course Requirements:

A short paper of 3 to 4 pages, midterm, and a longer essay of 5 to 7 pages at the end of the term.

ENGLISH 440 - Modern Poetry
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001 (REC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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