L357 2123 STANTON
Twentieth-Century American Poetry

1:00p-2:15p MW (30) 3 cr.

Sugar is not a vegetable.* In this course, we’ll be tracing four different modes of “making it new” that are intertwined throughout the 20th Century, and still relevant today at the beginning of the 21st Century: Popular Modernism, Formal Modernism, Academic Modernism and Radical Modernism. All along the tendency to deplore the absence of more has not been authorized.* Early on in the semester, we’ll focus on particular poems by some of the early Modernists—Frost, Eliot, Williams, Stein, etc. A lamp is not the only sign of glass.* Midway through we’ll read four books by important mid-century poets. A sudden slice changes the whole plate, it does so suddenly.* And towards the end of the semester we’ll read four recent poets, and ask them to talk about their relationship to the poets we’ve been studying. A sign is the specimen spoken. Written work will consist of two papers, a test and a creative project. A cup is neglected by being all in size.* And therefore books for the course will most likely include include a cheap anthology, The Voice That Is Great Within Us, ed. Hayden Carruth, The Complete Poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Ariel by Sylvia Plath, Life Studies/For the Union Dead by Robert Lowell, Collected Poems by Robert Hayden, The Falling Hour by David Wojahn, In Search of the Great Dead by Richard Cecil, Rock Farm by Catherine Bowman and Soul Train by Allison Joseph. Special thanks to Gertrude Stein for starred sentences. It is a winning cake.*