English R1B

Reading and Composition: Robert Frost

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
10 Spring 2021 Laser, Jessica
MWF 1-2

Book List

Frost, Robert: Collected Poems, Prose, & Plays (ed. Poirier and Richardson)


"Improvement will not be a progression but a widening circulation.”

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’s poems in relation to each other, to his prose, to contemporary poetry, and in context of historical and political moments that helped define his legacy. A majority of the class will focus on a question about poetry’s uses as "representative" - of a people, a nation, a culture, an individual, a feeling, a butterfly, etc. Our primary interest will be in using the practices of reading, writing, thinking and discussing to discover the scope and stakes of any inquiry. The goal of the course will be to produce an experiential sense of the widening circulation Frost speaks of in the epigraph above, one that might be taken into whatever field of study you will pursue.

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). Aside from the Frost book, all readings provided by instructor. 



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