The Language of Poetry|
Fall 2018 not offered
This course will examine how poems are made and how they work, beginning with the question of whether there is such a thing as a distinctively poetic style or function of language--and, consequently, a correspondingly nonpoetic one. Our investigation will combine close reading of lyric poetry (with special attention to early 20th-century Europe) with an overview of relevant texts in poetics, literary theory, and the philosophy of language. Topics will include nonsense verse and sound poetry; free verse and poetic constraints; metaphor and the relationship of thought to language; theories of communication and information; and translation.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Poetry by Velimir Khlebnikov, Aleksei Kruchenykh, John Keats, Ezra Pound, William Butler Yeats, Mina Loy, Gertrude Stein, Guillaume Apollinaire, Hugo Ball.
Theoretical writings by Victor Shklovsky, Osip Mandelstam, Roman Jakobson, Roland Barthes, I.A. Richards, Cleanth Brooks, W.V. Quine, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Barbara Johnson.