Reading Poetry

An introduction to poetry in English. We will explore poems written during several periods and in several genres (nature-poems, narratives, the epic, sonnets, odes, experimental forms). Our focus will be on tactics of analytic reading. Poets whose work we’ll read include William Shakespeare, John Keats, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Bishop, Li-Young Lee, and many others. Special course-related events (readings, lectures, film screenings) will take place on selected evenings throughout the term. (Regular classroom hours will be reduced in the weeks for which special events are scheduled.)