This seminar focuses on the very different ways in which these great 20th-century poets should be read.
Students study a small number of works in relation to each poet’s widely varying emotional, political and religious attitudes and the ways in which the combination of literary and ethical viewpoints shaped their poems. The three poets will also be considered in relation to one another.
Edward Mendelson is the Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and the author of The Things That Matter: What Seven Classic Novels Have to Say About the Stages of Life.
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