Absolutely! Below I have pasted just the section of the syllabus with the texts we read, grouped together by motifs, themes, and styles. Ignore the stuff like quizzes and presentations and other class stuff. I didn't take the time to delete it all out. The abbreviations like "(MP)" or "(c)" after certain poems indicate to the students where we are to find the texts (our book, online, online module, etc). The textbook we used was "The Making of Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms" and it was very good. It was written and compiled by working, published poets, instead of by academics. Anyway, enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions about it!
Week 2 : Form and content relationships
W, 1/15 Poems: George Herbert, “Easter Wings” (MP 143); Miller Williams, “The Shrinking Lonesome Sestina” (MP 38-39);. Songs: Cold War Kids, “Hang Me Up to Dry.” Quiz 1. Sign up for 3 possible presentation dates. DMP rep to stop by to explain the resources the DMP offers you.
F, 1/17 Poems: George Herbert, “The Collar” (c); Thom Gunn, “The J Car” (MP 133-34). Secondary reading: Fenton, “Where Music and Poetry Divide” (c under “secondary reading”). Quiz 2.
W, 1/22 Point of view/personae. Robert Browning, “My Last Duchess” ” (MP 130-132); The Toadies, “Possum Kingdom”; Portugal. The Man, “Creep in a T-Shirt.” Quiz 3.
F, 1/24 Romance/Realism. Poems: Sarah Piatt, “A Lesson in a Picture” (pp); Edwin Arlington Robinson, “Richard Cory” (c) Songs: Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, “Real Naked Girls”; The Postal Service, “Clark Gable.” Quiz 4.
Week 4: Carpe diem lyrics and variants
W, 1/29 Christopher Marlowe, “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” (MP 209); John Donne, “The Good Morrow”; Songs: Radiohead, “Nude”; Weezer, “Tired of Sex.” Quiz 5.
F, 1/31 Andrew Marvell, “To His Coy Mistress”; Sharon Olds, “Sex without Love”; Songs: The Smiths, “Ask.” Quiz 6. Presentation: Raybecca
Week 5: The not-here
W 2/5 Ideas of heaven. Poems: Emily Dickinson, “’Heaven’—is what I cannot reach!” (#239); Songs: Talking Heads, “Heaven”; Arcade Fire, “Keep the Car Running.” Quiz 7. Presentation: Sophia
F, 2/7 The Romantic dream. Poems: Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty.” Songs: Wild Nothing, “Live in Dreams” and “Take Me In”; Animal Collective, “What Would I Want? Sky.” (All Animal Collective lyrics are available on the band website, animalcollective.org.) Quiz 8. Presentation: Jack
DMP workshop #1: GarageBand. Meet in our regular classroom. After the quiz, those taking the workshop will head to a DMP room tba.
Week 6: Cameron McGill
All selections this week are preparation for our videoconference with working musician and published poet Cameron McGill, of two bands (Cameron McGill and Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s; see cameronmcgill.com for info). The lyrics for the new record (just out in Dec.), Gallows Etiquette (GE), are posted on Carmen--sent to this class by the artist himself!
W, 2/12 Side 1 of GE; Secondary reading: Katie Darby Mullins, Editor’s Note, Measure 7.2 (2002): vii-viii (attached to syllabus); Cameron McGill, “Haiku Cycle” (published in Measure; attached to syllabus); Cameron McGill, “Three Poems,” Split Lip Magazine 9 (Jan.-Mar. 2014) (c). The three individual poems are titled “Heart-Sowing,” “In the Waiting Room,” and “If the Mayans are right” Quiz 9. Presentation: Laura
F, 2/14 Side 2 of GE; Cameron McGill, three poems from Poetry East (2013): “I Fall Asleep Like Lions,” “Painted Dolls,” and “Broken Guns.” Today you must also hand in, during class, a word-processed list of six videoconference questions for our 2.19 videoconference. Here is the assignment: Develop a list of six questions to ask Cameron McGill next week. It works best in these videoconferences to mention a particular song or poem by the artist; quote lines; then present your interpretations to which he can respond. At least three of your six questions should be about interpreting the language from particular songs. They do not all have to be songs we discussed in class—feel free to range more broadly in his work on your own. Your other questions may be about topics in music and poetry more broadly. Bring a copy of your questions to the videoconference, and attach to it the lyrics of the songs you ask about so you have them when you need them. Not all his lyrics are fresh in his mind; you will want to quote the lines you are referring to when you pose your question. Each of your questions should fully develop an idea to which he can respond. Your interpretive questions should be about 3 sentences in length. Quiz 10.
W, 2/19 Videoconference with Cameron McGill. Bring a copy of your questions to the videoconference, and attach to it the lyrics of the songs you ask about so you have them when you need them.
F, 2/21 Youth, Pressure, Escape. Poems: Sarah Piatt, “The First Party” (pp); William Stafford, “Fifteen” (c). Songs: Neutral Milk Hotel, “The King of Carrot Flowers, Part One”; Beirut, “Elephant Gun.” Quiz 11. Presentation: Max Kilcup
DMP workshop: iMovie. Meet in our regular classroom. After the quiz, those taking the workshop will head to a DMP room tba.
Week 8 Intimacy and Its Perils
W, 2/26 Poems: Marilyn Hacker, “Villanelle” (MP 16-17); Songs: Joy Division, “Love Will Tear Us Apart”; The Antlers, “Two.” Quiz 12. Presentation: Ivy
F, 2/28 Poems: John Keats, “Bright Star” (MP 62); Christina Rossetti, “From Monna Innominata” (MP 63); Songs: Death Cab for Cutie, “Brothers on a Hotel Bed”; Bon Iver, “Blood Bank.” Quiz 13. Presentation: Michaela
Week 9 Disconnections
W, 3/5 Poems: Walt Whitman, “Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand” (c) and “To a Stranger” (c); Stan Rice, “The Strangeness” (c); Songs: The National, “Green Gloves.” Quiz 14. Presentation: Kent
F, 3/7 Poems: Louise Bogan, “Tears in Sleep” (MP 188) The Mountain Goats, “Moon Over Goldsboro” (attached to syllabus in its form as a poem by John Darnielle, from Measure). Quiz 15. Presentation: Cody
SPRING BREAK, 3/10-14
Week 10 Alienation & “Modern Man.”
W, 3/19 Poems: T.S. Eliot, “The Hollow Men” (c); Songs: Arcade Fire, “Modern Man”; The Antlers, “The Universe is Going to Catch You.” Quiz 16. Presentation: Max Orr
F, 3/21 Edwin Arlington Robinson, “The House on the Hill” (MP 9); Ezra Pound, “Hugh Selwyn Mauberly” sections I and II (c). Songs: The National, “Mistaken for Strangers”; Modest Mouse, “Missed the Boat”; ”; Wavves, “Convertible Balloon.” Quiz 17. Presentation: Isiah
Week 11 The poetic image; or, What’s a Poem to Do?
W, 3/26 Poems: Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “In Memoriam” (sections LIV and LV) (c); H.D., “Oread” (c); Songs: Radiohead, “Kid A.” Quiz 18. Presentation: Joey
F, 3/28 Michael Davidson, “Et in Leucadia Ego” (pp); Paul Hoover, “Poems We Can Understand” (pp); Animal Collective, “Peacebone.” Quiz 19. Presentation: Richard
Week 12 Parents
W, 4/3 Robert Hayden, “Those Winter Sundays” (MP 150); Weldon Kees, “After the Trial” (MP 36); Sufjan Stevens, “Romulus.” Quiz 20. Presentation: Devin
F, 4/5 “Intention” v. “intentional fallacy.” Andrew Bird’s essays, “How’s My Living?” (c) and “Words Will Tell” (c); Andrew Bird’s songs, “Oh No” and “Not a Robot, but a Ghost.” Quiz 21. Presentation: Hilary
W, 4/10 Sex and/or Love? Poems: Sharon Olds, “Sex without Love” (c); Metric, “Poster of a Girl”; Wild Nothing, “Vultures Like Lovers.” Quiz 22.
F, 4/12 Daily Life. Poems: Jackson Mac Low, “Daily Life” (pp); William Wordsworth, “Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802” (MP 61); Songs: Animal Collective, “Daily Routine.” Quiz 23. Presentation: Caroline