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American Poetry from 1900-1950

Cary Nelson

Except as noted, all poems are in Anthology of Modern American Poetry (Oxford). All authors have web sites on MAPS. Before each class send a 1-2 page email to everyone commentating on the poetry and the MAPS analyses. This course combines canonical and noncanonical poetry; it includes both weeks focused on individual poets and weeks devoted to broad topics that compare and contrast the work of different poets.

Week One: Cary Nelson, Repression and Recovery: Modern American Poetry and the Politics of Cultural Memory, 1910-1945

Week Two: ROBERT FROST: "Mending Wall," "The Road Not Taken," "The Hill Wife," "The Witch of Coos," "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" and the other poems from Anthology of Modern American Poetry.



Week Five: T. S. ELIOT: "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," "Gerontion," The Waste Land, "The Hollow Men," "Journey of the Magi," "Burnt Norton"

Week Six: WALLACE STEVENS: "Sea Surface Full of Clouds," ""Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," "Anecdote of the Jar," "The Snow Man," "Peter Quince at the Clavier," "Sunday Morning," "Mozart, 1935," "The Plain Sense of Things," "Of Mere Being," and the other poems in Anthology of Modern American Poetry.

Week Seven: WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS: "Portrait of a Lady," "The Great Figure," "Spring and All," "To Elsie," "The Red Wheelbarrow," "Young Sycamore," The Descent of Winter, "Proletarian Portrait," "The Yachts," "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus"

Week Eight: RACE AND MODERNITY, Part 1:

Week Nine: RACE AND MODERNITY, Part 2:

Week Ten: LANGSTON HUGHES: "The Weary Blues," "The Cat and the Saxophone," "Justice," "Fire," "Three Songs about Lynching," "Goodbye Christ," "Park Bench," "The Bitter River," "Ku Klux," "Shakespeare in Harlem," "Madam and the Phone Bill," "Harlem," "The Backlash Blues"

Week Eleven: POETRY, POLITICS, AND THE 1030s:

Week Twelve: MURIEL RUKEYSER: "The Book of the Dead," "The Minotaur," "To be a Jew in the Twentieth Century," "Rite"

Week Thirteen: HART CRANE: "October-November," "Chaplinesque," "Porphyro in Akron," "Voyages," "The Mango Tree," from The Bridge: "Proem: to Brooklyn Bridge," "Ave Maria," "The River," "Cape Hatteras," "Atlantis"

Week Fourteen: MARIANNE MOORE: "Poetry," "The Fish," "Sojourn in the Whale," "A Grave," "Silence," "An Octopus," "No Swan So Fine," "The Pangolin," "The Paper Nautilus," "Spenser's Ireland"

Week Fifteen: EZRA POUND: "A Pact," "In a Station of the Metro," from The Cantos: "I, IX, XLV, LXXXI, CXVI, "Notes." Please be sure to read all entries on MAPS, including "On Pound and Malatesta." Take the photo tour of Malatesta's Tempio on MAPS.

Week Sixteen: WORLD WAR II:

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