The Journey to Free Verse

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The Journey to Free Verse

Fall 2020

Taught By: Elaine Savory

Section: A

CRN: 7743

Credits: 4

Everyone knows what the term “free verse” means- or do they? Poets who might be said to practice it are as various as Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, H.D., Wallace Stevens, Kamau Brathwaite and Medbh McGuckian. So can it be defined? Why has it become so prevalent since the early 20th century in Anglophone poetry? What is free about free verse? This course begins with some examples of metrical verse by Romantic and Victorian poets, moves to explore how free verse came to be associated with modernism in poetry, and ends with examples from the late 20th and early 21st century. The course explores examples of poetic craft emerging on both sides of the Atlantic, in particular moments and in particular places. Both those unfamiliar and familiar with poetry are welcome.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Waitlist*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:51pm 7/4/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 9/1/2020 - 12/17/2020