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IMF 56300
Classic Foundational Poetry

Instructor: Ryan Smith

Class Type: Literature

Course Description:

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
ISBN 9781932870770

Norton Anthology of Poetry, Shorter 5th Edition
Eds. Margaret Ferguson, Mary Jo Salter, and Jon Stallworthy
ISBN 9780393979213

Lindenwood University
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301