English 168 - Fall, 2022

20th Century American Poetry

Class Information

Instructor: Dunkle, Iris Jamahl
CRN: 52764
Time: TR 4:40-6:00
Location: 118 Olson
GE Areas: American Cultures, Governance, and History Writing Experience


Amiri Baraka wrote that ?Poems are bullshit unless they are / teeth or trees or lemons piled / on a step.? One interpretation: poems must be real, useful, everyday stuff. Poems are not just intellectual puzzles or beautiful aesthetic creations. They do things for us. In this course, we?ll investigate what poems do, how they do it, and why. To this end, we?ll read poets from a wide variety of schools, styles, and communities. Course texts TBA.