English 131

Upper Division Coursework: American Poetry

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2005 Hass, Robert L.
Hass, Robert
TTh 12:30-2 50 Birge

Other Readings and Media

Whitman, Walt, Leaves of Grass; Dickinson, Emily, Selected Poems; American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, Vols. I-II; plus a course reader


American Poetry is a lecture course that surveys the history of American poetry from its beginnings to the present. The course has different emphases in different years. This course will focus for the first third of the semester on Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, for the second third on the modernist poets of the first half of the century, probably Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, and Marianne Moore, and for the last third on poets from the Beat Generation to the present. Written work for the course includes three critical essays and a final examination.

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