Beginning with an introduction to the elements of poetry such as diction, images, symbols, and poetic terms, this seminar will focus on reading poetry in depth and on critical thinking and writing. In the first semester, we will mainly read Leaves of Grass and other writings by Walt Whitman.
Class attendance / oral presentations / assignments / term paper
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass and Other Writings (A Norton Critical Edition, An expanded and revised edition, 2002)
Other readings to be supplied as handouts.
Reference books will be introduced in class.
Assigned readings must be completed before each class. Active participation in discussion is essential.
1. Introduction (1) The nature and value of literature (2) The changing literary canon 2. Reading poetry and writing about poetry 3. Combining the elements of poetry 4. Approaches to poetry (1) Biographical criticism (2) The nature of "the reader" (3) Cultural studies 5. A critical case study (1) Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (1891-92) (2) Poems excluded from Leaves of Grass (3) Passages excluded from Leaves of Grass (4) Uncollected poems (5) Unpublished poems (6) Prefaces (7) Whitman on his art 6. Poems for further reading 7. Critical thinking and writing
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