An examination of different types of American poetry. Emphasizes writers from a variety of backgrounds. Poems approached from formal, thematic and historical perspectives.
For this course, students will study the poetry of various American writers. The class will begin by examining the poems of early America and then continue into the twentieth century. We will discuss the writings of Phillis Wheatley, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes and Audre Lorde, among others. Students will learn a variety of approaches for understanding poems. We will consider how poetry relates to issues of nationhood and American identity. The course will also explore how poems portray matters of class, ethnicity and gender. To learn more, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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