Classic Foundational Poetry
Instructor: Ryan Smith
Class Type: Literature
This course will explore the poetry and poetics leading up to the 20th Century which form the foundation of present-day poetic schools, modes, and styles. The course will include poems and essays by poets including Sir Philip Sydney, Phyllis Wheatley, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Emily Dickinson. Supplementary materials (those not appearing in the textbook) will consist of translations of pre-20th century poetry not written in English, including especially comparisons of pre-modern poetry translations by significant contemporary poets such as John Ashbery, Mary Jo Bang, and Anne Carson.
A Poet's Sourcebook
Ed. Dawn Potter
Norton Anthology of Poetry, Shorter 5th Edition
Eds. Margaret Ferguson, Mary Jo Salter, and Jon Stallworthy