ENGL 053. Modern American Poetry

An introductory survey of the full range of 20th-century American poetry, but we will commence with Whitman and Dickinson, two key predecessors and enablers. The emphasis will be on particular poets and poems, but a recurrent theme will be poetry's role in a democracy: is poetry really an esoteric art for the "educated" few, as some imply, or has poetry in the 20th century played a crucial role in shaping both democratic citizens and a sense of democratic culture?
20th/21st c.
1 credit.
Fall 2021. Schmidt.
Catalog chapter: English Literature  
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