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ENGL 54.11 Poetry and Poetic Theory

In this course, we will primarily examine theories of poetry, relying mainly on The Norton Anthology of Criticism and Theory and Poetry in Theory, 1900-2000 (Blackwell). These volumes provide a rich, comprehensive overview of poetic theory from its beginnings in Greek antiquity virtually to the present, covering Anglo-American, Continental, and other theorists. No single poetry anthology will be used, but poetic examples will be studied at every stage, generally posted on Blackboard. We will consider the "philosophy" of poetic composition in different historical periods and contexts, and will examine the continuing interplay between poetic theory and practice. The point of the course will be to get a grip on ways in which people have thought about poetry from the earliest times to the present, and to consider the sometimes antagonistic interplay between theorizing about poetry and writing it.

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