The aim of this course is to appreciate poetry in depth, or to perceive poetical works from various perspectives.
This course is an introduction to various approaches to the study of poetry. We will begin with Sylvia (2003), a film which depicts the last few years in the life of Sylvia Plath. After her failed marriage to Ted Hughes, Plath experienced the productive period of writing the poems in Ariel. We will watch the film and encounter the poems by Plath, Hughes, and other famous poets.
Sylvia Plath: Poems Selected by Ted Hughes (Faber, 1985) Other readings to be supplied as handouts.
Reference books will be introduced in class.
Active participation in class.
Class attendance / assignments / quiz / term exam
１．A Christine Jeffs film, Sylvia (2003) ２．Kate Moses, Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath (2003) ３．Plath's first collection of poetry, The Colossus (1960) ４．Ariel, edited and published by Ted Hughes (1965) ５．Ariel: The Restored Edition, by Frieda Hughes (2004) ６．Sylvia Plath (1932-63): Her life and death ７．Ted Hughes (1930-98): His life and death ８．Hughes, Birthday Letters (1998) ９．Plath and Hughes: America and England 10．What is a poet? 11．Reading poems 12．Discussion: Analyzing the themes 13．Writing about literature 14．Writing about film 15．Discussion: Biography, journals, letters, poetry
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