English 3325: Modern Poetry
Spring 2016

Prof. Leonardo Flores
Office: OF 109
Office Hours: Monday 1:00-3:30, Tuesday 12:30-2:30, or by appointment.
Phone Ext: 6108
Mailbox: Chardón 323
Course Website:

Note: This document may be amended over the course of the semester in order to meet course objectives and correct unintended errors.

Course Description

Through this course, the students will explore Modernism as a historical and contemporary poetic practice, giving special attention to its chief lines of development throughout the 20th century. Special attention will be given to the major works and literary schools collectively understood to be part of the Modernist literary movements in English and American literature. Attention will be given to the works, biographical, historical, technological, theoretical, and cultural contexts through critical reading, writing, and discussion.

Course Objectives

The students will learn to analyze the critical artistry and cultural importance of poetic literary works of these periods through reading, writing, and discussion.

  • Reading: the works of approximately 35 poets will be read and discussed in class.
  • Writing: a major component will be writing two 3-4 page essays, as well as essay questions for the partial and final exams. There will also be plenty of short writing assignments over the course of the semester.

Required Materials

  • Rothenberg, Jerome, and Pierre Joris, eds. Poems for the Millennium: The University of California, Book of Modern and Postmodern Poetry. From Fin-de-Siècle to Negritude. Volume One. University of California Press, 1995. (Amazon)
  • Preminger, Alex, Frank J. Warnke, and Osborne Bennett Hardison Jr, eds. Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Fourth edition, Princeton University Press, 2015. (Amazon)
  • Other materials will be posted or linked to in course website.


Each item listed below will receive a letter grade, numerically interpreted in the 4.0 scale.

Item Value
Midterm Exam 20%
Final Exam 20%
Essay #1 20%
Essay #2 20%
Assignments 15%
Attendance & Participation 5%


All essays and assignments must be turned in on time. For each day it is late, its maximum final grade will be lowered by one. In other words, only an essay turned in on time can earn an A.

Attendance Policy

Attendance is mandatory for this course. Students are expected to come to class all the time and always be on time. You must provide the appropriate documentation for an absence to be considered excused. I reserve the right to accept excuses, which must be provided in a timely fashion. Excused absences and tardiness count as 1/2 of an unexcused absence, so make a point of always being in class and on time. Refer to chart below for a breakdown of the consequences of absences:

Unexcused Absences (or equivalent) Penalty
1-3 Attendance grade affected.
4 Final grade lowered by one.
5 Final grade lowered by two.
6 Final grade lowered by three.
7 or more Automatic F in the course.


Class will be run primarily by discussion, both in the class and online. The success of the course depends on you coming to class prepared to offer observations and ask questions about the assigned reading. Participation is mandatory and will be graded both on quantity and quality of contributions, both online and in class.

Academic Honesty

As per Cert. 45, 2005-06, it is the institutional policy of the Mayagüez Campus to observe the highest standards of intellectual and scientific integrity and to pursue the prosecution of all violations. Violations include plagiarism (using the work, processes, ideas, and results of others without proper credit). Moreover, Article 14(A)(2) of the UPR General Regulations for Students identifies cheating as a punishable conduct.

As such, a professor may present a formal complaint to the Campus Disciplinary Board if she or he believes a student has committed plagiarism. If the professor pursues this line of action, Article 15 of the UPR General Regulations for Students stipulates that the repercussions may be the following:

  • A written warning which will be included in the student’s official record.
  • Probation for a determined period of time.
  • Suspension for a determined period of time.
  • Administrative permanent withdrawal from the UPR system
  • Other sanctions provided by special regulation

I reserve the right to refer any case of academic dishonesty to the University’s Disciplinary Council, and enforce academic honesty in my courses with two basic rules:

  • Any undocumented use of sources in an essay, assignment, or exam will result in an F for the assignment.
  • Essays obtained through the Internet or any other means and turned in as your own, even if modified, will result in an F in the course.

Law 51 Statement

Students will identify themselves with the Institution and the instructor of the course for purposes of assessment (exams) accommodations. For more information please call the Student with Disabilities Office which is part of the Dean of Students office (Chemistry Building, room 019) at (787)265-3862 or (787)832-4040 extensions 3250 or 3258.