Arts, Sciences, and Engineering English
Course Section Listing Course Course Title Term Credits Status
COURSE_SECTION-3-169554 ENGL 233-1 Modern Poetry Spring 2024 4.0 Open
Day Begin End Location Start Date End Date
MW 1150 1305 Genesee Hall Room 308 01/17/2024 05/11/2024
Enrollment: Enrolled     
Instructors: Kenneth Gross
Restrictions: New Restriction
Description: We’ll be looking closely at some poets writing in the the early and mid-twentieth century who changed how poetry is made—changed it in ways that continue to shape the work of poets in the twenty-first century. The list will include Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, T. S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, and Hart Crane. These are all poets who searched for a language more naked and more subtle, a language more open to the wildly shifting nature of experience in the historical world and in also our minds, conscious and unconscious. In their poems, a shocking plainness combines often with a challenging difficulty, a fierce and seductive strangeness, a wild sense of play. The personal and the impersonal intertwine in remarkable ways. We’ll also look at work of later poets touched by these moderns, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Haydon, John Ashbery, and others. Counts for the post-1800 requirement for the English major. Relevant clusters:  “Modern and Contemporary Literature” (1ENG008), “Great Books, Great Authors” (H1ENG010), and “Poems, Poetry, and Poetics” (H1ENG012). 
Offered: Fall Spring Summer