English 90

Practices of Literary Study: Magic Words

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Spring 2022 Bernes, Jasper
TuTh 12:30-2 Wheeler 305

Book List

DiPrima, Diane: Revolutionary Letters; Eisen-Martin, Tongo: Blood on the Fog


Why write a poem? What powers are specific to poetry? In this course, we will seek answers to these questions and others by examining the many varieties of poems written in English since the sixteenth century: sonnets and ballads, odes and riddles, monologues and epistles. Our broad survey will funnel into a discussion of poetry as a mode of symbolic and even revolutionary action, pursued through a reading of politically powerful “case study” poems by P.B. Shelley, Claude McKay, Amiri Baraka, Diane Di Prima, and Tongo Eisen-Martin.

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