Honors | Reading and Writing Contemporary Poetry
H203 | 0007 | Cecil


In this section of H203, we will read seven books of poetry-three by
great, dead 20th century poets, and four by contemporaries 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 Lowell		   LIFE STUDIES & FOR THE UNION DEAD
Elizabeth Bishop           THE COMPLETE POEMS 1927-1979
Robert Hayden              COLLECTED POEMS
Y. Komunyakaa              MAGIC CITY
LeeAnn Roripaugh           BEYOND HEART MOUNTAIN
Stephen Dunn               DIFFERENT HOURS
Billy Collins              SAILING ALONE AROUND THE ROOM