New World Poetics|
Spring 2012 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 Massachusetts drawing rooms to Jamaican slave-whipping rooms. 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.
We will be reading poems very carefully in relation to history; students will interpret texts in frequent and directed writing assignments.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Amer Lit)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
Verse of all kinds, from songs and dirty-joke poems to minor epics and grand elegies. Poets will include (among many others): Phillis Wheatley, James Grainger, Samson Occom, Emily Dickinson, Jupiter Hammon, Anne Hecht, Walt Whitman, Susannah Wright, Edward Taylor, Joel Barlow, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, Annis Stockton, Herman Melville, and Philip Freneau.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Short weekly memos; two medium-length papers; two short exams; one in-class presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Field trip to Special Collections.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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