T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens are three of the most important American poets of the 20th century. Yet each is very different in mode, both stylistic and substantive, from the others. Frost and Eliot are both widely known and greatly loved, though for quite different reasons—and mixed feelings are not unusual when it comes to Eliot. Stevens may be less well known but is probably the greatest poet of the three.
We will read a wide selection of representative poems by the three writers, and explore them through a combination of lecture and discussion. You are advised to read the poems before the class takes them up—and again, in a new light, after our analysis.
Note: Back by popular demand, from fall 2016. A course pack of readings will be provided.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.