English | Twentieth-Century American Poetry
L357 | 5473 | Cathy Bowman

Cathy Bowman

2:35p-3:50p D (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.

This intensive survey course will explore the range of the
imaginations and consciousnesses as embodied in the poetry of
America in the 20th century.  We will look closely at the journey
the poem makes down the page, focusing on the poems attention to
language, music and rhythm, form, memory, imagination, idea, and
image with special attention on how the poem is made.
Simultaneously, we will delve into the historical, political, and
cultural realms that surround and infuse these poets and their
poems. We will look at how the poem and the poet exist in the public
sphere through manifestos, publishing, performance, collectives and
other forms of engagement. We will start off by examining the work
of several modernist poets. Next we will read poets writing after
World War II and on up to the present. Requirements will also
include class discussion and participation, creative and critical
papers, and several quizzes.