English 26

Introduction to the Study of Poetry

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2022 Bernes, Jasper
TuTh 2-3:30 Wheeler 24

Book List

Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry: Volume 1; Eisen-Martin, Tongo : Blood on the Fog ; Wordsworth, William and Coleridge, Samuel Taylor: Lyrical Ballads


What is a poem? What is poetry? What powers of language are particular to poems and poetry? In this course, we will explore various answers to these difficult if not unanswerable questions while acquainting ourselves with some of the forms poetry has taken in English over the last five hundred years: sonnets and ballads, odes and riddles, monologues and epistles.

In examining the breadth and diversity of poetry written in English, we will also consider the historical transformation of poetry, with particular emphasis on the ways that poets from the nineteenth century forward have responded to modernity and its displacements.

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