Courses of Study 2013-2014 
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Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ENGL 4030 - Poetry in Process: A.R. Ammons, John Ashbery, Adrienne Rich

(also AMST 4030 ) (LA-AS)
Spring. 4 credits.

R. Gilbert.

No American poets born after 1920 have received more critical acclaim than A. R. Ammons, John Ashbery, and Adrienne Rich. All three have had unusually long and varied careers, in the course of which they’ve made major innovations in the form, language, and content of contemporary poetry. Yet just as significant are the differences among them: Ammons (1926-2001) is a Southern transcendentalist steeped in the natural sciences; Ashbery (b. 1927) is an urbane New Yorker equally fluent in avant-garde aesthetics and popular culture; Rich (1929-2012) is a lesbian feminist profoundly committed to social change and moral struggle. We will survey each poet’s work from his/her earliest books to the most recent, paying close attention to individual poems while charting significant shifts of style and content.

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