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ENGL 13186-1: Self and Society in American Poetry

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Instructor: Stephen Fredman

This course is an introduction to American poetry, focusing upon a central dilemma within American culture—the relationship of the individual to the social body. We will explore seven major poets: Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes, Denise Levertov, Allen Ginsberg, and Robert Creeley. The poetry we read extends from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present, and it ranges from the short lyrics of Dickinson, Williams, Levertov, and Creeley to the epic scope of Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and Ginsberg’s Howl. Student work involves reading poetry, discussing it with classmates, and learning to write essays about it.