English 385: Modern Poetry

Spring 2015

Stacy Jones, Instructor

Course Description: Major twentieth-century poets and movements in England and America and their nineteenth-century predecessors.

The course consists primarily of class discussion, with brief weekly discussion board posts, a textual analysis essay, a midterm, and a final exam.

The class begins with Walt Whitman:

"Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth."

The class ends with Li-Young Lee:

“A bruise, blue
in the muscle, you
impinge upon me.
As bone hugs the ache home, so
I'm vexed to love you, your body
the shape of returns, your hair a torso
of light, your heat
I must have, your opening
I'd eat, each moment
of that soft-finned fruit,
inverted fountain in which I don't see me.”