Modern and Contemporary American Poetry
Studies the life of poetry in recent American culture, from the early twentieth century through today. The course attempts to answer the question, “Why does poetry matter?” The emphasis is on close reading along with an exploration of diverse methods of literary criticism, such as historical and biographical. Poets are looked at in context (e.g. the celebrity of Frost and Hughes; the notoriety of Ginsberg; posthumous responses to Plath), and poetic form will be considered as well, from iambic pentameter to spoken word and Slam. Prerequisite: ENGL 121.