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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Fall 2008


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37225 MW
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
BEN 1.106

Course Description

An introduction to six major French poets of the 19th and 20th centuries. The principal objective, besides understanding the wide variety of their poetry, is enjoyment of the poems' richness and diversity. The reading of poetry is a process of discovery and, hopefully, delight. Because the texts are generally short, assignments will entail close reading, analysis, and reflection. Attention will be given to the importance of these poets' vision and technique, to their links with modernism and, where appropriate, to the relationship of their poetry to the other arts (painting and music). Ultimately we will hear, define, and savor the poet's very individual, special voice.

Grading Policy

25%: Short commentaries 60%: Tests (6) 15%: Contributions to in-class discussion, recitation, and attendance


Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal; Le Spleen de Paris Arthur Rimbaud, Poésies; Illuminations Guillaume Apollinaire, Alcools; Calligrammes Paul Eluard Capitale de la douleur; L'Amour la poésie; Facile; Le Livre ouvert Aimé Césaire, Soleil cou coupé; Ferrements; Corps perdu Henri Michaux, La nuit remue; Plume; Qui je fus; Mes Propriétés; Epreuves Exorcismes; Meidosems; Paix dans les brisements


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