New World Poetics|
Spring 2022 not offered
God and money, love and beauty, slavery and freedom, war and death, nation and empire: The themes of early American poetry will carry us from London coffeehouses to Quaker meetinghouses, from Philadelphia drawing rooms to Caribbean plantation fields. Our texts will range from pristine salon couplets to mud-bespattered street ballads, from sweetest love poems to bitterest satire. Digging deeply into the English-language poetry written, read, and circulated after the first English settlement in North America, we will trace the sometimes secret connections between history and poetic form, and we will listen to what these links can tell us about poetry and politics, life and literature in our own time. Our poets ignored false divisions between art and society, and so will we.
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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Verse of all kinds, from songs and dirty-joke poems to minor epics and grand elegies.
Emily Dickinson, THE COMPLETE POEMS (Back Bay Books, 1976; ISBN 978-0316184137)
John Gilmore, THE POETICS OF EMPIRE: A STUDY OF JAMES GRAINGER'S THE SUGAR-CANE (Athlone, 1999 ISBN 978-0485121483)
THE COLLECTED WORKS OF JUPITER HAMMON: POEMS AND ESSAYS, (Tennessee, 2017 ISBN 978-1621903291)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, SELECTED POEMS (Penguin, 1988 ISBN 978-0140390643)
John Milton, THE MAJOR WORKS (Oxford, 2008 ISBN 978-0199539185)
Phillis Wheatley, COMPLETE WRITINGS (Penguin, 2001 ISBN 978-0140424300)
Walt Whitman, LEAVES OF GRASS AND OTHER WRITINGS (Norton, 2002 ISBN 978-0393974966)
A course reader including works by Hannah More, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Royal Tyler, William Blake, Alexander Pope, George Berkeley, and Edward Taylor, as well as popular songs, hymns, children's verse, and literary-critical essays.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Short weekly memos; two medium-length papers; two short exams; one in-class archival presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the English Department's Literary History II requirement; research option to fulfill requirement for the English major honors thesis. This course also contributes to the English major Theory and Literary Forms concentration.
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