English 180L

Upper Division Coursework: Lyric Verse

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2007 Falci, Eric
Falci, Eric
TTh 9:30-11 215 Dwinelle

Other Readings and Media

A course reader will contain many of the poems (including, tentatively, Ammons, Berryman, Bidart, Creeley, Dove, Duffy, Ginsberg, Hejinian, Hill, Howe, Graham, Larkin, Lowell, Mackey, Merrill, Muldoon, O�Hara, Oppen, Rich, Snyder, Walcott) and all of the critical readings (most likely pieces by Adorno, Altieri, Bernstein, Brooks, de Man, Heidegger, Olson, Perloff, Ramazani, Vendler, Wimsatt). In addition to the poems and texts in the course reader, we will be reading several full volumes of poetry: Ashbery, J.: Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror; Bishop, E.: Geography III; Brathwaite, K.: Middle Passages; Carson, A.: Men in the Off Hours; Heaney, S.: Field Work; Plath, S.: Ariel


We will begin the semester with a brief history of lyric poetry as an act, a genre, and a form. We will then go on to examine the ways in which poetry, and lyric poetry specifically, was constructed and framed within mid- and late-20 th century critical idioms. After we have set these two paths, we will spend the bulk of the semester closely reading lyric poetry written after World War II, especially poetry of the last 30 years. Enrollment will be necessarily limited, and so the whole course will be run as a seminar. Course requirements: one (very short) informal response paper, one short essay (3-5 pages), and one longer essay (7-10 pages) that may be critical, historical, or a hybrid critical-creative work (this final paper will be in lieu of a final exam).

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