English | Twentieth-Century American Poetry
L357 | 11678 | Cathy Bowman

Cathy Bowman

2:35p-3:50p D (25 students) 3 cr.

Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1844 essay "The Poet" wrote, “Oregon and
Texas are yet unsung. Yet America is a poem in our eyes: its ample
geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for
metres." This course will look at the range of the American
imagination as embodied in the poetry of the 20th century.  We will
focus on the strategies and approaches American poets have used to
redefine notions of what poetry is through free verse, surrealism,
performance art, and "found poetry."   We will start out by reading
Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. Working chronologically we will
take on some of the major modernists  poets, such as Robert Frost,
Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, T.S. Eliot,
Langston Hughes, and Marianne Moore.  We'll read the work of poets
writing after World War II. Finally, we  will take a look at
American poetry at the end of the century.