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ENGL 8875 Bishop, Berryman and Lowell (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

There were others in the post-Waste Land era who made their mark on American Poetry—poets like Allen Ginsberg and the Beats, Roethke, Jarrell, Dickey, Plath and Sexton—but the three key players from our vantage seem to have been Elizabeth Bishop, with her understated yet explosive verse, John Berryman with his tragic and hilarious Dream Songs, and Robert Lowell with his Life Studies and sonnet sequences which grappled with the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon years, along with civil rights and the quagmire of the Viet Nam War. We'll cover it all this semester.


Instructor(s): Paul Mariani

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13