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EN331 Poetry in English Since 1945 Schedule 2009-10

Autumn term (5 Oct—11 Dec)

 Week 1, 8 Oct Michael Hulse

  • Introduction
  • Poetry and the speaking voice
  • Poetry and tradition(s)
  • Poetry and national identity
  • Poetry and post-colonial identity
  • Poetry: the public and the personal
  • Poetry, religion, myth
  • Rhythm and image

Week 2, 15 Oct Michael Hulse

  • Responses to tradition (1)
  • Robert Gray

Week 3, 22Oct Helen M Dennis

  • Post-War strategies in the US (1) 

Week 4, 29 Oct Helen M Dennis

  • Post-War strategies in the US (2)

Week 5, 5 Nov Michael Hulse

  • Post-War strategies in the UK (1)
  • Philip Larkin and The Movement

Reading Week

Week 7, 19 Nov Michael Hulse

  • Post-War strategies in the UK (2)
  • Geoffrey Hill and Ted Hughes

Week 8, 26 Nov Michael Hulse

  • Responses to tradition (2)
  • Derek Walcott

Week 9, 3 Dec Michael Hulse

  • Poetry, religion, myth (1)
  • Allen Curnow and James K. Baxter

Week 10, 10 Dec Michael Hulse

  • Poetry, religion, myth (2)
  • Seamus Heaney and Derek Mahon

Spring term (11 Jan—19 Mar)

 

Week 1, 14 Jan Graeme MacDonald

  • Poetry and national identity (1)
  • Scotland (from MacDiarmid to the present)

Week 2, 21Jan Cathia Jenainati

  • Poetry and national identity (2)
  • Canada 

Week 3, 28 Jan Michael Hulse

  • Poetry and national identity (3)
  • Australia (A. D. Hope, James McAuley)

Week 4, 4 Feb Michael Hulse

  • Poetry and national identity (4)
  • Australia (Judith Wright, Les Murray)

Week 5, 11 Feb Neil Lazarus

  • Poetry and post-colonial identity:
  • Anglophone African poetry

Reading Week

 Week 7, 25 Feb Michael Hulse

  • Poetry: the public and the personal (1)
  • Sylvia Plath and Robert Lowell

Week 8, 4 Mar  Michael Hulse

  • Poetry: the public and the personal (2)
  • Sharon Olds and Michael Hofmann 

Week 9, 11 Mar Michael Hulse

  • Rhythm, image, association (1)
  • Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery

Week 10, 18 Mar Michael Hulse

  • Rhythm, image, association (2)
  • Charles Simic, Imtiaz Dharker