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U11 EComp 354THE LYRIC I: TRUTH AND LIE3.0 Units
Description:One of the biggest misconceptions that readers of poetry may have is that the poet is the same individual as the speaker of the poem. In this course, The Lyric I: Truth and Lie, we will investigate examples of modern and contemporary American poetry which utilize the first-person speaker, to more thoroughly understand how and why these poems blur the boundaries between autobiography, history, and imagination. The collections of poetry we will read this semester are as follows: Kaddish, Allen Ginsberg's semi-autobiographical elegy for his mother, Naomi; the restored edition of Ariel, Sylvia Plath's confessional poems which incorporate historical references to World War II; the first 77 Dream Songs, John Berryman's alter-ego persona poems; Don't Let Me Be Lonely, Claudia Rankine's extended lyric essay which addresses social issues in post-9/11 America; Wind in a Box, Terrance Hayes' exploration of African-American culture since the mid-twentieth century; The Master Letters, Lucie Brock-Broido's continuation of the voice of Emily Dickinson's Master Letters; and Autobiography of Red , Anne Carson's contemporary queer adaptation of the Greek myth of Geryon and Herakles. These poems encompass the contradictions of the human mind, and lay them out, irresolvable and inseparable - genuine - on the page. Students will be responsible for a comparative essay of 10-15 pages in length, in which they discuss and contrast two poets' approaches to the first-person speaker. In addition, students will be responsible for 8-10 pages of original creative work which uses the first person speaker, drawing inspiration from poetics we discuss in class; as well as a 2-3 page response paper to challenges encountered during this creative writing process, and how those challenges were overcome. Students' creative work will be workshopped in class throughout the semester.
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