English 56. Poets: Narrative & Lyric

Instructor: Andrew Warren
Terms: Fall Term

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10-11:30 am | Location: Barker 018

Enrollment: Limited to 27 students.

This course is a general introduction to reading, discussing and writing about poetry.  Our theme this year will be Nature Poetry – that is, poems written about natural environments and humans’ precarious place within them. We begin with Milton’s epic, Paradise Lost, and then turn to eighteenth-century satires by Pope & Swift, and work by the Romantics—Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Barbauld, Keats, Shelley, Clare & Charlotte Smith. Other writers will include: Americans like Dickinson & Whitman; Modernists such as Eliot & Stevens; post-war poets including Bishop, Ammons & Walcott; as well as several contemporary poets such as Rae Armantrout & Monica Youn. By the end of the course you will be able to pick up any poem and think, talk and write cogently and creatively about it.

Note: Be sure to attend first class meeting to be considered for admittance.

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