English 213

Introduction to Poetry

American Poetry
Full course for one semester. In this class we will consider the historical development of selected forms and techniques in the American poetic tradition. Poets will include Anne Bradstreet, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Audre Lorde, Sylvia Plath, Li-Young Lee, Essex Hemphill, and Luci Tapahonso. In addition we will read selections from Aztec Sorrow Songs, Corridos, and the Blues. This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental elements of a poem, such as rhythm, diction, imagery, metaphor, tone, form, speaker, and audience. The course will emphasize close reading of the texts, and there will be frequent writing assignments. Prerequisite: Humanities 110 or sophomore standing. Lecture-conference. Not offered 2007–08.

Twentieth-Century Poetry by Women
Full course for one semester. Reading a wide range of innovative twentieth-century women poets, we will explore how questions of poetic form intersect, illumine, and problematize questions of gender, race, class, and national identity. Beginning with the expatriate community in Paris during the teens and reading up through to work by women poets writing presently, we will ask how poetry specifically offers a forum for re-thinking being in the world and challenging power structures. Our readings of poetry will be complemented by philosophy and theory by women. Prerequisite: Humanities 110 or sophomore standing. Conference. Not offered 2007–08.

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