English R1B

Reading and Composition: Robert Frost: Education by Poetry

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
5 Fall 2020 Laser, Jessica
MWF 11-12


"The closeness—everything depends on the closeness with which you come, and you ought to be marked for the closeness, for nothing else."

This course will study the works and thinking of Robert Frost, a poet of deceptive fame who, by seeming to need no introduction, needs an introduction at least a semester long. We will look at Frost in the context of other poets and writers on both sides of the Atlantic: his contemporaries, his influences, and contemporary poets influenced by him. Our focus will be on reading poems and understanding how they work. Our guiding question will be: how can research and critical writing be put in service of closer, deeper reading?

Our work for this course will be directed primarily at accruing materials (research, writing and insights) surrounding a particular poem or set of poems such that a final research paper will tie together the disparate materials and methods of inquiry practiced across the semester and offer a reading of that poem (or set).

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