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Fall 2017
Sep 23, 2017
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ENGL 164 - Mod & Cont Poems & Poetics
In this course, we’ll discuss and study terrific Modern and contemporary poems, and contend with some poets’ essays that (seemingly) advocate for such poems.  Breakthrough Modernist poems have helped establish our sense of the world; we now drift through a murky era named “the Post Modern.”  This course will test poems against their poets’ claims, and against our own, developed readings of poems.  We may briefly consider some Romantic poems, then study the titanic Moderns—Langston Hughes, Marianne Moore, TS Eliot, Ezra Pound, WC Williams, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, and others; then we’ll follow several of the outwardly spiraling clusters of significant poets since then. You need not be very experienced in reading poems; you may even find poems difficult, murky, or bewildering.  I only ask, be ready to jump in!  Text: Ramazani & Ellmann’s Norton Anthology of Modern & Contemporary Poetry (both volumes), and some short single books of poems. We’ll attend some of our Lannan poetry readings as well. 

Your written work will include: explication of texts; short essays; theatre review; (possible) in-class report; some poems composed by you (ungraded).

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

English Department

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Mutual Exclusion:
This course carries a mutual exclusion with the following courses; you may not enroll in it if you have completed any of the following with a passing grade:
ENGL 182

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