Spring 2023 Undergraduate English Courses

358:355 Later Twentieth Century Poetry

01  MW4     CAC  05405  DOTY    HH-A5

By the mid-Fifties, the wild energy of early Modernism had been tamed, and younger American poets began to resist T.S. Eliot’s edict that poetry should he “impersonal.”  We’ll read remarkable poets  -- among them Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, Frank O’Hara, Allen Ginsberg, Gwendolyn Brooks and Theodore Roethke -- interested in creating versions of themselves on the page, in poems that map private experience but also situate their speakers in the more public terms of gender, class and race. These poets both reflect changes in American culture and help to further those changes.

You’ll be writing about poems and poet that especially fire your interest, looking at them in terms of both form and content. Along with writing assignments, you’ll also be asked to do an oral presentation on a poet of your choice.