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Week 6: Poetry and Music

Tuesday, September 22 In class: (Zoom) Lecture and discussion of sound in poetry. Homework: Write a brief (1 paragraph) metrical and sound analysis of a song you like. Post in Google Classroom, along with a link to the song. Thursday, September 24 In class: (Zoom) Discussion of songs Lecture and discussion of recorded poetry PennSound […]

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Essay #1: Analysis and Interpretation of an Ekphrastic Poem or Concrete Poems

Description For this essay, you must select: two thematically or authorially related poems from UBU Web Visual Poetry or UBU Web Historical or one poem from “Ekphrastic Poems” at The Poetry Foundation and the painting it is referencing and perform a detailed analysis of their strategies in support of a clearly stated thesis about their […]

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Week 5 : Verbivocovisual

Tuesday, September 15 In class: class meets via Zoom Discussion of concrete poetry. Lecture and discussion on musicality in poetry. Homework: Write a 1-paragraph proposal for Essay #1 in which you discuss which works you’re interested in exploring and what focus you seek in your essay. Thursday, September 17 In class: class meets via Zoom […]

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Week 4: Looking at Poems

Tuesday, September 8 In class: Zoom and in BH 116 Discussion of Reverse Ekphrastic works Lecture and discussion on poetic form and visual information Assignment: Read “Pilot Plan for Concrete Poetry“ Go and comment on 3 of your classmates art pieces: here’s the link. Thursday, September 10 In class: Zoom and in BH 116 Lecture […]

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Week 3: Painting with Words

Tuesday, September 1 Asynchronous online class: Watch this video on the Daedalus and Icarus myth. Look at and annotate (using Hypothes.is) “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder What is Brueghel saying about the fall of Icarus? How does he say it using a visual medium? Read and annotate these poems: […]

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Week 2: Ekphastic Poetry

Tuesday, August 25 In class: Chagall “Equestrienne” – “Don’t let that horse…” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti Marcel Duchamp “Nude Descending a Staircase” – “Nude Descending a Staircase” by X.J. Kennedy Claude Monet “Water lilies” – “Les Nympheas” by W.D. Snodgrass Thursday, August 27 Online Activity: class doesn’t meet synchronously. Group 1: New York Movie “New York […]

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Week 1: Literature and the Arts

“As is painting, so is poetry.” Horace, Ars Poetica (19 BC) Tuesday, August 18 In class: Ice breaker: What forms does art take? Introductions: Name, where you’re from, major (or intended major), what art(s) do you practice? Syllabus and course format Frank O’Hara’s poem “Why I am Not a Painter“ Michael Goldberg “Sardines“ Assignment: Sign […]

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Fall 2020: Startup

Welcome to English 3260: American Literature and the Arts, section 102. This class is scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:45. It is designed as a synchronous hybrid course, and will have the following meeting pattern: Tuesdays: face-to-face in Belk Hall 116 (or via Zoom) Thursdays: Zoom class or asynchronous activities Our main tools will […]

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Weeks 14-15: Digital Convergence

Readings and Assignments Read “Taroko Gorge” by Nick Montfort Write a 1 paragraph analysis of this poem. What is Montfort trying to say with the poem and why did he choose to end it as he did? Explore Collection: Bots Write a 1 paragraph discussion of the Twitter bots you found most interesting in this […]

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Essay #3: Multimodal Narratives