E 379S • Senior Seminar
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Elizabeth Bishop, Theodore Roethke, and Wallace Stevens are three of the most quirky and imaginative major poets of the 20th century. Their poems are daring, challenging, and rewarding. They will repay the close readings we will conjointly give them; and their poems and poetics are a fertile field for research and discoveries.
We shall read widely of the poets, interpreting individual poems as themselves, in relation to one another within each authors work, and in terms of comparison and contrast between the authors, with references outward to commonly shared antecedents and contemporaries, in poems selected to plumb each authors range, depth, idiosyncrasies, and excellences.
Two short (5-page) papers 50%
One longer (10-15-page) paper 50%
Wallace Stevens, The Palm at the End of the Mind, ed. Holly Stevens (Vintage)
Elizabeth Bishop, The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 (Farrar-Straus-Giroux)
Theodore Roethke, The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke (Doubleday Anchor)