01 MTH 9:00-10:20 AM 14761 GROGAN ONLINE
This course takes as its subject the revolutions in poetry of the first half of the twentieth century. What was modern about modernism? How did poetry evolve and change—in form, subject, and politics—in this period? Can we read modernism as a global movement? What do we mean when we call modernist poetry ‘experimental’? We will begin the course with a refresher in the techniques and vocabulary required to read poetry well. Essays in poetics and world history will enrich our reading of primary texts, and students should come to this course willing to read and think about a great deal of challenging (and rewarding!) poetry each week. Writers under study may include Gertrude Stein, Marianne Moore, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, Hope Mirrlees, T.S. Eliot, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Aimé Césaire, Sarojini Naidu, Arun Kolatkar, Sagawa Chika, and others. Assessment will likely be based on class participation, close reading exercises, and a final project.