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Leroy F Searle
ENGL 551
Seattle Campus

Studies in Poetry

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Course Description: ENGL 551 Studies in Poetry, cross listed with Comp Lit 571

This seminar will address two interconnected questions: the role of poetry in the shaping of what Kant calls the "sensus communis", and a concentrated study of modern poetry, with primary emphasis on Whitman, William Carlos Williams, and Wallace Stevens. There will be in addition to major works by these three poets a short course reader / anthology that will include poetry by French, Latin American, and German poets, along with theoretical and critical texts.

The seminar is open to graduate students in any humanities department (with course registration handled both by English and Comparative Literature). Other students my enroll with permission of the instructor.


Walt Whitman, Library of America William Carlos Williams, Collected Earlier and Collected Later Poems ______________________In the American Grain & selected essays _____________________ Paterson Wallace Stevens, Collected Poems, Opus Posthumous, The Necessary Angel

Poems by Baudelaire, Valery, Rilke, Neruda, Paz and others Selections from Kant, Taine, and contemporary critical studies of the poets on the syllabus.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Leroy F Searle
Date: 02/12/2013