Week Five of Modern and Contemporary Poetry at PENN is thematically centred in discussion on Anti-Modernist Doubts and takes in a lot of reading. The main divisions or sub-themes for reading are :
- Communist Poets of the 1930's
- The Harlem Renaissance
- Robert Frost
- Formalism of the 1950s
My first reaction to such a vast circumference of historical reading is to drop the context ,which I focus too much on, and to just get with the reading. To that end, I chose the Harlem Renaissance and Robert Frost for the first part of the week. We also will be evaluating student essays on William Carlos Williams' Two Versions of an Imagist Poem. Evaluations require reading four (or more) written assignments by fellow-students.
I intend to do my evaluations and to complete the required reading , so I will be only using the discussion groups for questions. If one puts down a thread , then it's important to read and respond on it. My time is currently at a premium because of a spoken-word piece that I am going to be involved in programming, quite soon.
Week Five Of Modern and Contemporary Poetry at PENN
I began reading on Saturday Morning whilst writing actual letters and not emails. First was Robert Frost, the words still in my head,
' Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down.' I could say 'Elves' to him,
But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather
He said it for himself. '
I knew at the time that the imagery in this poem would dominate my week, partly because I love stone-walls, I trained as a stone-cutter and I am currently thinking lots about boundary issues, and walls.
Edit: reader I put down a thread....