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Fall 2021
Oct 04,2022
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The descriptions and topics of this course change from semester-to-semester, as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisite: varies with the topic offered. This course will focus on the evolution of Contemporary American Poetry. From Performance Poetry to The New Sincerity to Conceptual Poetics, we will look at the varied and diverse kinds of poetry in the current literary scene and discuss how these poets converse with 20th century American poetry. We will familiarize ourselves with the different groups and “schools” of poetry. Both poems and commentary regarding the theory and practice of poetry will be covered. Additionally, the course will work to illuminate the role poetry has in our society and how it may relate to our own lives in powerful and transformative ways. The course works in tandem with the Readings at Ramapo Visiting Writers Series and works of visiting writers will also be covered in this course LITR290 - INTERNATIONAL POETRY: In this international poetry course, we will look at a diverse variety of modern and contemporary poets from throughout the world in order to understand poetry within the context of a “vast global tradition.” We will want to understand how a poet constructs a self that is in dialogue with others throughout the world. How do culture, place, and history determine poetic vision, poetic images and techniques? What are the common concerns of poets throughout the twentieth century, and what are the distinct concerns of poets based on their distinct historical, political, and economic struggles? What are the great ethical questions, poets must wrestle with based on their appearance in distinct moments in history as well as their geographic location? How do poets make value out of the displacement and trauma some of them have experienced? As we interrogate these questions, we will always pay attention to a close reading of poetry, and the poetic techniques poets utilize. We will want to understand the distinct poetic traditions our writers are coming from that are influenced by culture, place and history.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Literature Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     

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