Poetry from Pound to Plath (Költészet Poundtól Plathig) in spring 2015
Szalay Krisztina, Mon 13:30–15:00, Fri 12:00–13:30, R423/a, R423/a, host: DES (R338)
5-credit seminar, 60 h/term; strong prereq: BMA-ANGD-A1 A2 A3 A4
description & set texts
The course aims at familiarizing students with new modes, topics, forms and attitudes of English language poetry between the 1910s and the 1980s. Starting with the Imagist breakaway and finishing with some eminent women poets of the Movement and after, names will include (among many others) Pound, Eliot, Auden, Jennings, Plath, Levertov and Atwood. Reading material will consist of poetical texts and theoretical reflections to be found e.g. in Jones, P. (ed). Imagist Poetry; Carruth, H. (ed). The Voice That Is Great Within Us: American Poetry of the Twentieth Century; Lucie-Smith, E. (ed). British Poetry Since 1945; Couzyn, J. (ed). The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Women Poets; Ellmann, R., O'Clair, R. (eds). The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry; Abrams, M. H. (gen. ed). The Norton Anthology of English Literature Vol. 2 Scully, J. (ed). Modern Poets On Modern Poetry Most of the above anthologies are available in several copies in the SEAS Library. Any which edition will do. However, students are encouraged to look for individual volumes by the poets under discussion in order to benefit from introductions, biographical, and other, notes usually supplementing the poems.
requirements & assessment
Students wishing to receive credits for this seminar should attend regularly, read and contemplate the assigned poems before class, take an active part in the discussions, prepare presentations, write one mid-term and one end-term in-class test plus submit a home essay of 8-10 pages. Assessment will be based on all these tasks, none missing.