Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Cohen, Milton
Discipline and Number
LIT 3314 Section 001
TR Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Course Title
Williams, Stevens, Moore

Description of Course:

William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, and Wallace Stevens were the American modernists who stayed home. Eschewing the expatriate internationalism of Pound and Eliot, each poet fashioned a distinctive style within the broader rubric of "modernism."

Through a close reading of each poet's shorter poems, we shall attempt to identify the peculiar blend of style and stance, language and form that indelibly marks a poem by Williams, Stevens, and Moore.

Required Texts:

Selected Poems of William Carlos Williams, ed. Charles Tomlinson
(New Directions)
The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore (Viking Penguin)
The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens (Random Vintage)
Deutsch, Poetry Handbook: A Dictionary of Terms (Harper)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students will write three five-page papers, one on each poet. One of the papers can be an oral report (ca. 20-25 minutes). Class participation is important and counts for about 25% of the final grade.

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