The following poems:
The Wasteland and Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. They will likely feel a bit difficult, we'll discuss them in class, of course, but I will want you to read them first.
H 09/19 Readings discussed.
Homework: Your first assignment will involve an imitation piece or series (500 word minimum) of the Modernists. The work can be in a variety of forms (essay, poetry, formal, etc.) as long as it meets the word count. One way to tackle this might be to write a poem by the light of one of these pieces and then to write a short letter or essay piece that describes your process: how you worked from the imitation and how you worked away from or against it. It will be due a week from today (09/20)
Read Wallace Stevens, bio. and all poems. He might be very helpful for your imitations so read him early.
T 09/24 Wallace Stevens.
H 09/26 Discussion and turn in of your Modernist pieces.
Homework: Readings: Homework: Readings: Frost, Hughes, Bishop, Moore.
Look over these forms: sestina, sonnet, and villanelle, and begin to decide which you will imitate (and discuss in a 300 word minimum formal letter to your readers). We will look over some examples for both components of this assignment: due 10/
DON’T FORGET the MIX SYMPOSIUM: 09/27-28
T 09/31 Formal verse discussion
H 10/02 “ “ “ continued.
Homework: Formal Poetry: Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Bishop, Marianne Moore, Robert Hayden
Read: Everyday Use by Alice Walker. Cathedral by Raymond Carver. (Walker to be discussed Thurs. and Carver Tues.
T 10/06 Discussion Carver
H10/08 Discussion Walker
T 10/08 Discussion
Homework: Read William Harrison’s Present Tense Africa from your Touchstone Anthology p.220
H10/11 Discussion Harrison. Formal poems due today.
T 10/15 Discussion of Thrall
WEDNESDAY: 6:30 Canzani Auditorium. Natasha Trethewey visit. MANDATORY.
T 10/23 NY School Readings.
H 10/25 Discussion
Homework: Charles Bukowski readings
At your leisure:
T NY School discussion, Bukowski.
Homework: Eula Bliss The Pain Scale (p. 2, Touchstone)
H Discussion: The Lyric Essay through Bliss’ essay.
Homework: Selected readings: Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell.
T The Confessionalists
H Discussion continued
Homework: Reading: Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin, Michael Cunningham’s White Angel,
Poetry Comics article,
**Your ekphrastic pieces and process papers (500 words minimum) are due on Tuesday 11/20.
The short version of this assignment is that you will be responding or imitating a piece of literature through visual art. Examples abound: W.H. Auden’s Musee de Beaux Art or WCW’s Icarus (myth-painting-poem). Or Charles Simic’s poems that respond to Joseph Cornell’s boxes (for the reverse). Consider the poetry poem: http://www.tcj.com/a-bianca-stone-interview/
MONDAY 11/18 6:30 p.m. MIRANDA JULY YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS, I PROMISE!!
T 11/19 TBA.
H 11/ 21 TBA