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ENGL 4397 The Whitman Tradition (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

Our effort here will be to define and trace the development of a distinctive tradition in American poetry grounded in the formal strategies and philosophical assumptions of Whitman's Leaves of Grass, characterized by free verse, long lines, a radically democratic, anti-hierarchical ethos, and the call of the open road. To what extent, we will ask, do poets whose work looks very different from Whitman's still find a place in this tradition? Writers to be considered (other than Whitman himself) will include Emerson, Dickinson, Stevens, Williams, Ginsberg, Snyder, and others.

Instructor(s): Robert Kern

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Fulfills the pre-1900 requirement.

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17