Honors | Reading and Writing Contemporary Poetry
H203 | 0008 | Cecil, R.


In this section of H203, we will read seven books of poetry--three by
great, dead 20th century poets, and four by contemporary poets whose work
promises to place them among the great dead poets of the future. The
writing required for the course will be poems--one for each poet we read
and discuss. On alternate weeks we will discuss student poems in a
writer's workshop format, so that the course will be equally divided
between reading and writing.

This course should interest two types of students--poets, or future poets,
who wish to deepen and broaden their knowledge of contemporary poetry, and
readers and critics who wish to study the methods by which a poem is put
together.

Course texts:

Robert Frost                         Robert Frost's Poems
Elizabeth Bishop                     The Complete Poems 1927-1979
Phillip Larkin                       Collected Poems
Yusef Komunyakaa                     Magic City
Jane Shore                           Music Minus One
Billy Collins                        Picnic, Lightning