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Modern Poetry (ENGL 310) with Langdon Hammer The early poetry of Hart Crane is presented and analyzed. Crane's self-characterization as a visionary, Romantic, and erotic poet, as well as the unique nature of his poetic project are considered as responses to Eliot's Waste Land and in particular the section "Death by Water." The poems "Legend," "Voyages," and "At Melville's Tomb" are read with particular attention to Crane's idiosyncratic use of language and neologism. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Hart Crane Poem: "Legend" 12:59 - Chapter 2. Hart Crane's Reading of Eliot's "The Waste Land" 20:55 - Chapter 3. Hart Crane Poem: "Voyages" Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.edu This course was recorded in Spring 2007.
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Modern Poetry (ENGL 310) with Langdon Hammer Hart Crane's masterwork The Bridge is positioned as a response to the modernist aesthetics of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land. The visionary and specifically American aspects of the epic are stressed. Crane's interest in myth and symbol, his inclusion and treatment of marginal figures, and his refiguring of the American hero are considered alongside his unique perspective on the role of imagination in the creation and shaping of history. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Hart Crane Poem: "Voyages" 07:54 - Chapter 2. Hart Crane Poem: "The Bridge" Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.edu This course was recorded in Spring 2007.
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Modern Poetry (ENGL 310) with Langdon Hammer Wallace Stevens is considered as an unapologetically Romantic poet of imagination. His search for meaning in a universe without religion in "Sunday Morning" is likened to Crane's energetic quest for meaning and symbol. In "The Poems of Our Climate," Stevens's desire to reduce poetry to essential terms, and then his countering resistance to this impulse, are explored. Finally, "The Man on the Dump" is considered as a typically Stevensian search for truth in specifically linguistic terms. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction: Wallace Stevens 09:22 - Chapter 2. Wallace Stevens Poem: "Sunday Morning" 30:27 - Chapter 3. Wallace Stevens Poem: "The Poems of Our Climate" 38:54 - Chapter 4. Wallace Stevens Poem: "The Man on the Dump" Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.edu This course was recorded in Spring 2007.
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Modern Poetry (ENGL 310) with Langdon Hammer The poetry of Langston Hughes is considered as a representation of the African-American experience. The distinctive concerns of Hughes's poetic project are juxtaposed with the works of other modernists, such as Pound, Eliot, Frost, and Stevens. Hughes's interest in and innovative use of musical forms, such as blues and jazz, is explored with particular attention to their role in African-American culture, as well as their use by Hughes to forge an alternative to dominant modes of expression within the modernist canon. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Langston Hughes Poem: "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" 10:26 - Chapter 2. Black Voices in Modern Poetry 21:31 - Chapter 3. Continuities between Langston Hughes and Other Modern Poets 32:00 - Chapter 4. Langston Hughes Poem: "Song for a Dark Girl" 43:25 - Chapter 5. Langston Hughes Poem: "Life Is Fine" Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.edu This course was recorded in Spring 2007.
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Modern Poetry (ENGL 310) with Langdon Hammer Professor Hammer introduces students to the material that will be covered in the course of the semester. Course readings and requirements are also addressed. Early publications of poems are discussed as they appeared in small magazines such as Blast, Broom, and The Criterion. Book publication of the same poems and other poetry collections are then discussed in contrast. A number of modern English poets are presented such as Eliot, Hughes, Moore, Yeats, and photographs are shown in order to introduce students to the major poets of the early twentieth century. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction: Course Materials and Requirements 05:50 - Chapter 2. Modern Poet Introduction: Robert Frost 08:46 - Chapter 3. Modern Poet Introductions: T. S. Eliot and Marianne Moore 42:52 - Chapter 4. Modern Poet Introduction: Wallace Stevens Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.edu This course was recorded in Spring 2007.
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Modern Poetry (ENGL 310) with Langdon Hammer In the final lecture of the course, Elizabeth Bishop's "Over 2,000 Illustrations and a Complete Concordance" is considered with an emphasis on Bishop's ambivalence towards the notion of home. The idea that modernists use poetry to do the work that religion no longer does is reflected upon, and connections are drawn between Bishop, Frost, Eliot, Stevens, and Crane. Bishop's "Visits to St. Elizabeth's" is considered as a formal rebuke to the ambitions of modernism alongside Auden's statement that "poetry makes nothing happen" but ultimately the two poets are shown to offer poetry as a solution to modern alienation in its capacity to renew human community through communication. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Elizabeth Bishop Poem: "Over 2,000 Illustrations and a Complete Concordance" 12:38 - Chapter 2. Perspectives on Robert Frost and T. S. Eliot 17:57 - Chapter 3. Perspectives on Wallace Stevens 21:05 - Chapter 4. Perspectives on Elizabeth Bishop, Marianne Moore and Hilda Doolittle 25:08 - Chapter 5. Perspectives on Ezra Pound and Hart Crane 35:38 - Chapter 6. Perspectives on W. H. Auden Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.edu This course was recorded in Spring 2007.
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Modern Poetry (ENGL 310) with Langdon Hammer In this lecture, Professor Hammer considers the psycho-sexual aspects of T.S. Eliot's, The Waste Land. The landscape of the poem is described and its key figures introduced. Particular emphasis is placed on couples and scenes of dialogue with aspects of romantic or sexual distress. At the lecture's conclusion, a broad summation of the individual units of the poem is presented, and the editing process, in particular Ezra Pound's contributions, is reflected upon. 00:00 - Chapter 1. T. S. Eliot Poem: "The Waste Land" 01:19 - Chapter 2. "The Waste Land": The Burial of the Dead 20:47 - Chapter 3. "The Waste Land": A Game of Chess 30:45 - Chapter 4. "The Waste Land": The Fire Sermon 43:07 - Chapter 5. "The Waste Land": What the Thunder Said Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.edu This course was recorded in Spring 2007.