English 164p. 20th Century Poetry

Instructor: Peter Sacks
Wednesday, 3:00-5:00pm | Location: TBA

There are almost as many paths through Twentieth Century Poetry as there are individual poems.  Each iteration of this course will have different – and evolving – emphases.  For the Spring of 2023 we shall focus on the Century’s relation between poetry and history.  Poets include W.B.Yeats, T.S.Eliot, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, Muriel Rukeyser, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich, Philip Larkin, Seamus Heaney, Geoffrey Hill.  Brief attention will also be devoted to poetry in translation by Mandelstam, Celan, Lorca, Cavafy, Anna Swir, Zbigniew Herbert, and others.

This course satisfies the English Concentration "Poets" requirement for students on the “Common Ground” curriculum.

This course satisfies the “1900-2000 Guided Elective" requirement for English concentrators and Secondary Field students.