This week kicked off for me on Saturday 22/09/2012. We are reading the first chapter on the imagists. Poets being discussed are, Ezra Pound ,H.D. , William Carlos Williams , and Wallace Stevens. Interesting, I have a much tattered copy of the Cantos by Pound, but I had not read H.D before. T.S Eliot is mentioned but we are not reading him.
Each week the module or section on Modern and Contemporary Poetry is introduced by Al Filreis in audio format and then the business of reading the poems begins. I like the fact that the discussion forums have separate threads for each poem, and that one can limit focus to one or two pieces, whilst reading all , of course (if possible).
Writing assignments are in and this week begins peer review. Each student gets to peer-review four other submissions which involved a close reading of Dickinson. As the pieces are reviewed they are posted onto the discussion forums for general response. this has been a bit crazy in terms of access, but I for one am not mad to read my evaluations. I was very aware of weaknesses in it.
Week Three of Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Pennsylvania
Pound and H.D, Williams and Stevens.
Sunday was a treat as I decided to read and look at Williams' Portrait of a Lady, and being often contrary , decided it owed more to Fragonard's 'The Swing', than to Watteau's painting. This might be a hangover from studying art history where minute inspection of visual art is taught in Irish Colleges. Once you learn to look and contextualise it never leaves you and carries into deciphering media and digital images also ! The Ezra Pound poems are familiar favourites, so I chose not to enter the discussion forums on the two poems. Iwanted to read more Williams although his poems are agitating to me at some levels. I love H.D and want to know more about her.