English 131

American Poetry

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2010 O'Brien, Geoffrey G.
O'Brien, Geoffrey
TTh 12:30-2 2 LeConte

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This survey of U.S. poetries will begin with Dickinson and Whitman and then move through both expatriate and stateside modernisms, the Harlem Renaissance, the Objectivists, the New York School, and Language Poetry, on our way to the contemporary. Poets considered will include Dunbar, Eliot, Pound, Stein, Toomer, Williams, Stevens, Hughes, Zukofsky, Olson, Oppen, Rukeyser, Niedecker, O’Hara, Ashbery, Ginsberg, Guest, Duncan, Spicer, Palmer, Hejinian, Hass and several other contemporaries. Along that route we’ll consider who and what counts as a poetic subject; renovations and dissipations of conventional form and meter; fragmentation and citationality; the task and materials of the long poem. Primary and secondary readings will be drawn from a large Course Reader. There will be two essays and a final exam.

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