Modern Poetry

About the Course

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.

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Course Structure

This Yale College course, taught on campus twice per week for 50 minutes, was recorded for Open Yale Courses in Spring 2007.

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About Professor Langdon Hammer

Langdon Hammer, chairman of the Department of English at Yale, earned his B.A. and Ph.D. from Yale. He is the author of Hart Crane and Allen Tate: Janus-Faced Modernism and editor of O My Land, My Friends: The Selected Letters of Hart Crane and the Library of America's, Hart Crane: Complete Poems and Selected Letters. A Guggenheim Fellow, he is currently at work on a biography of the poet James Merrill. His reviews of new poetry and literary criticism regularly appear in The New York Times Book Review and other magazines, and he is poetry editor of The American Scholar.

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Syllabus

Professor

Langdon Hammer, Professor of English, Chair, Department of English

Description

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.

Texts

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.

RIS Course Packet

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Requirements

Regular attendance at lecture and in discussion section; some informal writing and exercises; midterm exam in class; two papers (5 and 7 pages); and a two-hour final exam.

Grading

Paper 1 (5pp.): 15%
Midterm examination: 15%
Paper 2 (7pp.): 30%
Final examination: 30%
Discussion section attendance and participation: 10%

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