Timeline

March 28 – April 4

To do

  • By Wednesday, read and annotate at least two texts this week using English 490 Poetry / Poetics Group on Hypothes.is.
  • By Friday set up a day and time for a video conference with Mark next week
  • By Sunday April 5, post on your blog a 1000-word (2 single-spaced pages or 4 double-spaced pages) commentary on one of the texts—a poem or prose

Readings: T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound

Read and follow the links from the Modernism Entry in the Poetry Foundation’s Glossary of Poetic Terms

Read the Entry on TS Eliot

Read T.S. Eliot’s essay Tradition and the Individual Talent and the poems The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and The Waste Land

Read the Entry on Ezra Pound (1855–1972) at the Poetry Foundation. Read Canto 1. Read A Pact and In a Station at the Metro. Read A Few Don’ts by an Imagiste and  Vortex

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Link to Hypothes.is Group Poetry & Poetics SP 2020

April 5 – April 11

To do

  • By Wednesday, read and annotate at least two texts this week (using English 490 Poetry / Poetics Group on Hypothes.is.
  • By Sunday April 12, post on your blog a 1000-word (2 single-spaced pages or 4 double-spaced pages) commentary on one of the texts—a poem or prose

Readings: Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams

Read the overview essay at the Poetry Foundation and Peter Schjeldahl’s Review of Paul Mariani’s biography The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens (2016)

Browse the poems at the Poetry Foundation, read the poems on the course web site, including Of Modern Poetry, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, Anecdote of the Jar, The Emperor of Ice Cream and The Snow Man

Read the biographical overviewWilliam Carlos Williams at the Poetry Foundation web site

Read Spring and All. Pay special attention to what he says about the word imagination

Browse the forty poems by Williams at poets.org

ReadThe Poem as a Field of Action, a talk Williams gave to Ted Roethke’s students at the University of Washington in Seattle (note his subtle rhetorical positioning against Eliot’s “The Waste Land.”

Read Against the Weather: A Study of the Artist

Read The American Background.  Pay special attention to the problem facing the artist in the United States and in particular Williams’ definition of culture as act “it has to be where it arises”) on page 157.

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April 12 – April 18

To do

  • By Wednesday, read and annotate at least two texts this week (using English 490 Poetry / Poetics Group on Hypothes.is.
  • By Sunday April 19, post on your blog a 1000-word (2 single-spaced pages or 4 double-spaced pages) commentary on one of the texts—a poem or prose

Readings: Marianne Moore and E.E. Cummings

Read the biographical overview of Marianne Moore at the Poetry Foundation and selected poems, including PoetryPigeons, Those Various Scalpels, The Fish, Marriage and the interpretive commentary on Marriage as well as the annotations of the poem at the University of Toronto’s Representative Poetry Online

Read the biographical overview of E.E. Cummings at the Poetry Foundation and a selection of poems, including love is more thicker than forget, as freedom is a breakfast food, Buffalo Bill’s, the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls, and i carry your heart with me(i carry it in. Read Cummings’ Eleven Quotations from the May 1949 issue of Poetry

Gertrude Stein and Gwendolyn Brooks

Gertrude Stein at the Poetry Foundation and Composition as Explanation (prose), Susie Asado, Matisse, If I Told Him, A Completed Portrait of Picasso, A Little Called Pauline, Sugar, Study Nature, Christian Berard (and the Discussion of Bérard hosted by Al Filreis and featuring poets Lee Ann Brown, Bob Perelman, and Jerome Rothenberg), How She Bowed to Her Brother, New, and Yet Dish

Read Gwendolyn Brooks at the Poetry Foundation and the poems The  Bean Eaters, We Real Cool (and check out the video, created by Manual Cinema in association with Crescendo Literary, with story by Eve Ewing and Nate Marshall and music by Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods, We Real Cool that tells the story of the genesis of the poem)

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April 19 – April 26

To Do

  • By Wednesday, read and annotate at least two texts this week (using English 490 Poetry / Poetics Group on Hypothes.is.
  • Send Mark a proposal for the final essay
  • Schedule a time to talk in a video conference with Mark for Friday or Monday

Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich

Read Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton at the Poetry Foundation and selected poems and other materials that look interesting to you. Read specifically Plath’s poems Edge and Face Lift and Sexton’s The Operation. If you are interested in the relationship between Plath’s life and the work, Mark Wunderlich’s Laying Blame: The Legacy of Sylvia Plath puts a number of the key questions out on the table

Read Adrienne Rich at the Poetry Foundation and the essay When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Revision, and Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers (1951), Snapshots of a Daughter In Law (1958-1960), Endpapers (2012), and Diving into the Wreck (1973)

April 26 – May 2

To do

  • Work on your final essay

The Allen Ginsberg Project provides a range of materials for exploring Ginsberg’s literary and cultural presence, including complete transcriptions of many of Allen Ginsberg’s lectures at Naropa University, Brooklyn College and elsewhere, photographs of and by Ginsberg, interviews, a bibliography, an audio and video archive with links to other web-based materials, as well as Ginsberg tees, bags, albums and prints

Read the Introduction to the Beat Poets on the Poetry Foundation web site and browse the exhibits of materials both primary and secondary keyed to individual poets. You will find poems, articles, audio, and other online resources

Allen Ginsberg at the Poetry Foundation and Supermarket in California, the text of the poem America and the Penn Sound archive reading of America, the Clip from Howl (first two minutes) at Penn Sound. Read early poems by Gary Snyder at the Poetry Foundation and browse selected poems by Snyder

Final’s Week

  • Tuesday 1-3: We will be sharing the projects in a group video meeting. Mark will provide a checklist for preparing for your summary or overview of your final writing project. Please use your blog to present artifacts and/or some of your writing. We can screen share the materials
  • By Friday Post complete final essay by noon on Friday, May 9th
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