English 203

Graduate Readings: Anglophone Poetry

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
6 Fall 2011 Falci, Eric
Falci, Eric
Thurs. 3:30-6:30 301 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Larkin, P.: Collected Poems; Heaney, S.: Poems 1965-1975; Heaney, S.: Field Work; Hughes, T.: Crow


This class will broadly survey British, Irish, and postcolonial poetry after 1945. It is a large and multifaceted body of work, and much of it remains under-read, especially in the American academy. We will think through the development of a late modern and postmodern aesthetic among contemporary British poets, the ways in which this wonderfully various canon (or set of overlapping canons) registers and reinflects the double crucible of decolonization and globalization, and the disparate pressures (historical, cultural, literary-historical, formal) at work within the formation of this field of British and Anglophone poetry.

We will look closely at poems by, among a few others, W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Stevie Smith, Dylan Thomas, Philip Larkin, Thom Gunn, Elizabeth Jennings, W.S. Graham, Roy Fisher, Roger McGough, Derek Walcott, Kamau Brathwaite, Christopher Okigbo, Wole Soyinka, Hugh MacDiarmid, Ted Hughes, David Jones, Basil Bunting, Geoffrey Hill, J.H. Prynne, Peter Riley, Tom Raworth, Ian Hamilton Finlay, W.S. Graham, Thomas Kinsella, John Montague, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley, Medbh McGuckian, Eavan Boland, Eileán Ní Chuilleanáin, Paul Muldoon, Ciaran Carson, Craig Raine, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Geraldine Monk, David Dabydeen, Tony Harrison, Denise Riley, Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, Lorna Goodison, Grace Nichols, Maggie O’Sullivan, Caroline Bergvall, Catherine Walsh, and Keston Sutherland. Most poems, along with a number of critical essays, will be contained in a course reader and/or online.

This course fulfills the 20th-century literature requirement for degree distribution requirements.

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