Modern American Poetry
Fall 2014 | TR 100-225 | Peck Hall 312
Dr. David Lavery
Office: PH 316A |
M 900-1100, 100-300 | TuTh 900-1100, 300-400
| W 900-1100, 100-400
Phone/Voice-Mail: 898-5648 | Text Messages: 615 962-1161 | Home Page: http://davidlavery.net/
|Dr. David Lavery is Director of Graduate Studies and Professor in the English Department at Middle Tennessee State University (1993- ). The recipient of the University's 2006 Distinguished Research Award, he is the author of over one hundred and fifty published essays, chapters, and reviews and the author / co-author / editor / co-editor of twenty-two books, including Joss Whedon, A Creative Portrait: From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to The Avengers, TV Goes to Hell: An Unofficial Road Map of Supernatural, The Essential Cult Television Reader, and The Essential Sopranos Reader. The co-convener of international conferences on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the work of Joss Whedon and The Sopranos; co-founder of the Whedon Studies Association and its journal Slayage and founding editor of Critical Studies in Television, he has lectured around the world on the subject of television (Australia, Turkey, the UK, Portugal, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany), been a guest/source for the BBC, NPR, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The New York Times, A Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Publica (Portugal), Information (Netherlands), AP, The Toronto Star, USA Today, and from 2006-2008 taught film and television at Brunel University in London. He is currently working on a book entitled: “Like Light”: Wallace Stevens' Creative Work.|
|Top Row: Whitman, Dickinson, Robinson, S. Crane, Masters, Frost, Stevens, Williams, Pound, Eliot, Stein, H.D., Moore, Jeffers, cummings, H. Crane | 2nd Row: Hughes, Ransom, Millay, MacLeish, Parker, Warren, Auden, Bishop, Roethke, Rukeyser, Stafford, Jarrel, Berryman, Brooks | 3rd Row: Wright, O'Hara, Bukowski, Ginsberg, Snyder, Plath, Sexton, Oliver, Dylan, Smith, Collins|
John Thomas Arthur | Kelsey P Binkley | David Bonilla | Jason T. Carrozza | Hannah
F. Chamberlin | Velma Coleridge-Taylor
| Mary B. Powell
| Velma Coleridge-Taylor| Jessica L. Culp | Alexis M. Degazio | John E. Engelman | Kayla L. Giles | Anna R. Griffin | Andrew R. Hoffman | Connar F. Johnson | Catherine Mills
Critical Essay 1: A critical essay of not less than 1250 words offering a reading of a single poem. Go here to see a sample essay by an MTSU student on Langston Hughes. 20% of grade. Critical Essay 2: A critical essay of not less than 2000 words on the work of a particular poet. (Your choice of subject may not be the author of the poem you wrote about in Essay 1.) 40% of grade. Final Exam, Part I: A take-home exam, consisting of a menu of topics, from which you will select two, responding with essay answers. These topics will all be "leading questions," intended to inspire your own comprehensive synthesis of course ideas, questions, problems. 20% of grade. Final Exam, Part II: An in-class cognitive-memory test, consisting of a variety of matching, identification, short answer questions (on authors, works, literary terms). 20% of grade
Course Policies and Procedures
Manuscript form: All written assignments must be word-processed and must be submitted in digital form, as a Microsoft Word or Rich Text attachment via the appropriate D2L drop box.
Essay Evaluation: I will evaluate your essays using a grading scale which can be found here.
Reading Assignments: You are responsible for having read the entirety of each assignment and keeping up with the required reading.
Viewing Assignments: You must watch all the Voices and Visions film (available free on the web) listed on the syllabus. Both the take-home and in-class final exams will assume your familiarity with these videos.
Participation & involvement: Please come prepared for each day’s class. I encourage you to become an active participant in class discussion and to ask constructive and meaningful questions at all times.
Attendance: Regular attendance is essential to the ongoing progress of the course. Two absences will be permitted. A third absence may result in the loss of a letter grade. A fourth absence may result in failure of the course.
Cell Phones/Computers: Use of cell phones during class is strictly forbidden. Use of lap tops/netbooks/tablets (for note-taking purposes exclusively) is allowed only if prior permission is secured from me.
Essay Evaluation: I will evaluate your essays using a grading scale which can be found here.
Inclement Weather Policy: Go here.
Plagiarism / Cheating: The unacknowledged use of the words/ideas/ insights/ original research of another is, of course, prohibited. Should I catch you plagiarizing, or cheating in any way, you will receive a grade of "0" on the assignment in question, the violation may be reported to University authorities, and you may fail the course.
Students with Disabilities: Any student with a disability will be given all the rights and privileges guaranteed under the Americans with Disabilities Act if he/she is registered with Disabled Student Services (KUC firstname.lastname@example.org).
Do you have a lottery scholarship? To retain Tennessee Education Lottery
Scholarship eligibility, you must earn a cumulative TELS GPA of 2.75 after 24
and 48 attempted hours and a cumulative TELS GPA of 3.0 thereafter. You may
qualify with a 2.75 cumulative GPA after 72 attempted hours (and subsequent
semesters), if you are enrolled full-time and maintain a semester GPA of at
least 3.0. A grade of C, D, F, FA, or I in this class may negatively impact
TELS eligibility. Dropping or stopping attendance in a class may also impact
eligibility; if you withdraw from or stop attending this class and it results in
an enrollment status of less than full time, you may lose eligibility for your
lottery scholarship. Lottery recipients are eligible to receive the scholarship
for a maximum of five years from the date of initial enrollment, or until
reaching 120 TELS attempted hours or earning a bachelor degree. For additional
Lottery rules, please refer to your Lottery Statement of Understanding form (http://www.mtsu.edu/
Grading Scale: 90-99%=A | 80-89%=B | 70-79%=C | 60-69%=D | 0-59%=F
All page numbers refer to the Lehman anthology. Please read all the selections for each poet.
Date | Subject/Readings/Course Requirements
8/26/14 | Introduction to the Course | Thoughts on Poetry
8/28/14 | Walt Whitman [1819-1892] (84) | "Song of Myself" Online | Whitman Power Point | Voices and Visions Film
9/2/14 | Emily Dickinson [1830-1886] (163) | Dickinson Power Point | Voices and Visions Film
9/4/14 | Edgar Lee Masters [1868-1950] (191); Edwin Arlington Robinson [1869-1935] (194); Stephen Crane [1871-1900] (203) | Robinson Power Point
9/9/14 | Robert Frost [1874-1963] (212); Carl Sandburg [1878-1967] (247) | Frost Power Point | Voices and Visions Film
9/11/14 | Frost (ctd.)
9/16/14 | Wallace Stevens [1879-1955] (249) | Stevens Power Point | Stevens Graduate Course | Stevens Wiki | Voices and Visions Film
9/18/14 | Stevens (ctd.)
9/23/14 | William Carlos Williams [1883-1963] (276) | Williams Power Point | Voices and Visions Film
9/25/14 | Williams (ctd.)
10/30/14 | Ezra Pound [1885-1972] (295); & T. S. Eliot [1888-1965] (342) | Pound Power Point | Eliot Power Point | Pound Voices and Visions Film | Eliot Voices and Visions Film
11/2/14 | Gertrude Stein [1874-1946] (239); H. D. [1886-1961] (314); Marianne Moore [1887-1972] (322) | H. D. Power Point | Moore Power Point | Moore Voices and Visions Film
10/7/14 | Robinson Jeffers [1887-1962] (318) | Jeffers Power Point
10/9/14 | e. e. cummings [1894-1962] (393) | Cummings Power Point
10/11-10/14/14 | Fall Break (no class)
Crane [1899-1932] (427) | Crane Power Point
Voices and Visions Film
10/21/14 | Crane (ctd.) | Critical Essay 1 Due
10/23/14 | Langston Hughes [1902-1967] (468) | Hughes Power Point | Voices and Visions Film
10/28/14 | Hughes (ctd.)
10/30/14 | John Crowe Ransom [1888-1974] (374); Edna St. Vincent Millay [1892-1950] (388); Archibald MacLeish [1892-1950] (384); Dorothy Parker [1893-1967] (392); Robert Penn Warren [1905-1989] (496); W. H. Auden [1907-1973] (498) | Ransom, et al Power Point | New Criticism Power Point
11/4/14 | Elizabeth Bishop [1911-1979] (545) | Bishop Power Point | Voices and Visions Film
11/6/14 | Bishop (ctd.)
11/11/14 | Theodore Roethke [1908-1963] (529); Muriel Rukeyser [1913-1980] (587); William Stafford [1914-1993] (618); Randall Jarrell [1914-1965] (609); John Berryman [1914-1972] (603); Gwendolyn Brooks [1917-2000] (623); James Wright [1927-1980] (840) | Roethke et al Power Point
11/13/14 | Frank O’Hara [1926-1966] (827) | O'Hara Power Point
11/18/14 | Charles Bukowski [1920-1994] (651); Allen Ginsberg [1926-1997] (750); Gary Snyder [1930- ] (881) | Ginsberg/Snyder Power Point
11/20/14 | Sylvia Plath [1932-1963] (886); Anne Sexton [1928-1974] (853) | Plath Power Point | Plath Voices and Visions Film | Take Home Final Exam Available
11/25/14 | Mary Oliver [1935- ] (915) | Oliver Power Point | Critical Essay 2 Due
11/27/14 | Thanksgiving (no class)
12/2/14 | Bob Dylan  (962); Patti Smith [1946- ] (1026); Billy Collins [1941- ] (953) | Collins Power Point
Final Exam Week (December 11-17) | Take-Home Final | In-Class Final Study Sheet | Zip File of All the Poet Power Points