Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
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.
Selected Poems of William Carlos Williams, ed. Charles Tomlinson
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.