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Modern Poetry

Course Summary

This course is based on Modern Poetry, Spring 2007 made available by Yale University: Open Yale under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.
This course covers the body of modern poetry, its characteristic techniques, concerns, and major practitioners. The authors discussed range from Yeats, Eliot, and Pound to Stevens, Moore, Bishop, and Frost with additional lectures on the poetry of World War One, Imagism, and the Harlem Renaissance. Diverse methods of literary criticism are employed, such as historical, biographical, and gender criticism. Broad thematic concerns are also presented, including the existence or non-existence of God, the representation of a multi-vocalic society, the use and depiction of history, and Modernism's complicated relationship with its literary predecessors. Literary Modernism is frequently treated alongside other forms of Modernism, especially painting, sculpture, photography, and architecture, in order to convey a wider sense of the movement and the variations within it.

Reading Material

1. Textbook: The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. Vol. 1, Modern Poetry
Ramazani, Jahan, Richard Ellmann, and Robert O'Clair, eds. The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. Vol. 1, Modern Poetry. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2003.

2. The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats
Finneran, Richard J., ed. The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. A New Edition. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1983.

3. The Poetry of Robert Frost
Lathem, Edward Connery, ed. The Poetry of Robert Frost. The Collected Poems. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1979.

4. Selected Poems
Pound, Ezra. Selected Poems. New York: A New Directions Paperbook, 1957.

5. The Waste Land
Eliot, T. S. The Waste Land. A Facsimile and Transcript of the Original Drafts Including the Annotations of Ezra Pound. Edited by Valerie Eliot. New York: A Harvest Special, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1971.

6. The Complete Poems, 1927-1979
Bishop, Elizabeth. The Complete Poems, 1927-1979. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1983.

7. Complete Poems
Moore, Marianne. Complete Poems. New York: McMillan Publishing Co., Penguin Books, 1982.

8. The Collected Prose
Bishop, Elizabeth. The Collected Prose. Edited, with an introduction by Robert Giroux. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1984.

9. Complete Poems of Hart Crane
Simon, Marc, ed. Complete Poems of Hart Crane. London: Liveright, 2000.

10. The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens
Stevens, Wallace. The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens. New York: Vintage Books, 1982.

11. Opus Posthumous
Stevens, Wallace. Opus Posthumous. Edited, with an Introduction, by Samuel French Morse. New York: Vintage Books, 1982.

12. Selected Poems
Mendelson, Edward, ed. W. H. Auden. Selected Poems. New Edition. New York: Vintage Books, 1989.

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