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8:29 Poems and More Poems


Rosetti "Blue Closet"
D.G. Rossetti "The Blue Closet" 1857

We will read a cross-section of poems chosen from different times and places, and explore some of the many meanings they may evoke.

Working with a chronological sampling of poems in English and translated into English, we will examine some recurrent features of the poetic craft--its language, rhythm, formal patterns and sequences--and explore ways in which lyrics have interacted with their audiences and reflected something of the personal and collective history of their times. I will also ask students to choose poems and help lead discussions.

Grades will be based on attendance, class participation and a reading journal.