ModPo is a fast-paced introduction to modern and contemporary U.S. poetry, with an emphasis on experimental verse, from Dickinson and Whitman to the present. Participants (who need no prior experience with poetry) will learn how to read poems that are supposedly "difficult."
|Institution||University of Pennsylvania|
|Next session||To be announced|
|Estimated workload||5-10 hours/week|
|Past||Sept. 12, 2015||10 weeks|
|Past||Sept. 6, 2014||10 weeks|
|Past||Sept. 7, 2013||10 weeks|
|Past||Sept. 10, 2012||10 weeks|
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In this fast-paced course we will read and encounter and discuss a great range of modern and contemporary U.S. poets working in the "experimental mode," starting with the 19th-century proto-modernists Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman and ending with 21st-century conceptual poetics. Aside from providing a perhaps handy or helpful survey and chronology of 20th- and 21st-century poetry, this course offers a way of understanding general cultural transitions from modernism to postmodernism. Some people may wish to enroll as much to gain an understanding of the modernism/postmodernism problem through a study of poetry as to gain access to the ...
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