An Introduction to American Poetry
Meet the poets who told the story of the United States in this free online poetry course that examines American verse.Publisher: NPTEL
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Modern poetry often breaks from the past and mixes elements of traditional genres to make it ‘new’. Most of the American poetry we cover draws on Modernism’s refreshing mentality and philosophy and emerged during times of prosperity and expansion. Inspired by movements like Imagism and the Harlem Renaissance, American poetry acquired a notably experimental voice of its own. We examine the contexts in which these brilliant poets wrote in order to help you understand their mindsets and work.
This course begins with an overview of the historical setting that birthed American Modernism. We take you through the key characteristics that define the genre and its shifts and progressions. The course then introduces you to the great Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens. This section combines close reading of poems with study of the contexts and ideas that led these influential poets to write. We compare their different theories surrounding poetry and analyze how this affected their writing.
We then move on to American poets like William Carlos Williams, A.R. Ammons and Langston Hughes. This section focuses primarily on these three poets and their contexts and guides you through their poetry as we interpret the deeper meanings within their verses. This course suits anyone interested in poetry as it adds the American voice to the world’s conversation. We help you make connections between modernity and American poetry while honing your skills in analyzing and making mental and artistic connections.Start Course Now
Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
- Discuss the historical and literary context of American poetry
- Identify key features that define American Modernism
- Outline the deeper meaning of various famous poems
- Describe the context of some prominent American poets
- Summarize the different poetic sub-genres that emerged in the United States
- Explain the importance of some modern American poets
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