October 26, 2006

20th century world poetry

MaryLupin Joined: 03 Nov 2005 Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2005 3:11 pm
I suppose if I were to create a course like that I would not use a compilation text book but use selected authors. In the classes I teach I have to change readings every term otherwise I get rather bored rerunning the same material over and over. My initial list of authors to teach in a grad class would include:

Nazim Hikmet (1902-1963) (Turkey)
Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) (Portugal)
Czelaw Milosz (1911-2004) (Lithuania)
Christopher Okigbo (1932-1967) (Nigeria)
Tawara Machi (1962- ) (Japan)
Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950) (India)
Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1910-1984) (Pakistan)
Gottfried Benn (1886-1956) (Germany)

and then concentrate on a theme (say...what "responsibility" means) and trace it though the poetry or get the students to pre-read and come in with a list of 5 possible themes that they see throughout the selected works.

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