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Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
ACL3006 American Poetry II Fall
3 0 3 5
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Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi HATİCE ÖVGÜ TÜZÜN
Recommended Optional Program Components: none
Course Objectives: This course aims at giving the students a background to modernism with T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound and others, and move to more experimental movements like imagism, confessional and Beat poetry and the Harlem Renaissance to analyze the poetry namely by Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, W.C. Williams, R. Frost, W. Stevens, M. Moore, e.e. cummings, Langston Hughes, E. Bishop, A. Rich, S. Plath, A. Sexton, A. Ginsberg, others up to the 1970s.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
1. The students will do an extensive reading of the 20th Century-American poetry.
2. They will develop an insight about the highlights of modernism in American literature that influenced the whole world.
3. They will develop an insight about the significance of poetry of individual, universal and national topics.
4. They will learn about the major literary movements of the 20th Century USA, namely modernism, imagism, symbolism, post-war poetry, the lost generation, the Confessionals, the Beat Generation.
5. They will learn about the European influences in American poetry of the 20th century.
6. They will learn about the basic ideas shaping the poet’s imagination and the most important concepts.
7. They will develop the ability to analyze and discuss major issues of American Poetry in the 20th Century both orally in class and in their essays in exams.

Course Content

Reminding Emily Dickinson's anticipating modernism, a few examples from Naturalistic poetry before Modernism, like Stephen Crane, and with Edwin Arlington Robinson modernist poetry introduced and other canonized examples analyzed: T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Imagesm and Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams followed by Wallace Stevens, Hart Crane, Marianne Moore & Theodore Roethke, e.e. cummings, Langston Hughes & Harlem Renaissance, Adrienne Rich, Confessional poetry and samples of The Beat Generation poetry.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Revision of the 19th Century poetry, especially of Whitman & Dickinson and Introduction to Modernism Heath Anthology of American Literature, Vol II.
2) Modernism & Naturalism: Stephen Crane & Edwin Arlington Robinson Crane: In the Desert (from The Black Riders), ‘A Newspaper is a Collection of Half-Injustices’ (from War is Kind) Robinson: Richard Cory, Miniver Cheevy, Eros Turannos
3) T.S. Eliot The Waste Land, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Gerontion, Journey of the Magi
4) Robert Frost Mending Wall, Out Out- , Design, The Road Not Taken, Fire & Ice, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, The Gift Outright
5) Imagism & Ezra Pound In a Station of the Metro, Portrait d’un Femme, The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter, A Pact, The Rest, Cantos.
6) William Carlos Williams Poem, Spring and All, The Red Wheelbarrow, The Dance, This Is Just to Say, Death
7) Wallace Stevens Sunday Morning, Snowman, Emperor of Ice-Cream, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
8) Review
9) Hart Crane At Melville’s Tomb, Chaplinesque (Written after Charles Chaplin’s film The Kid , 1921); from Voyages No I, ; To Brooklyn Bridge.
10) Marianne Moore & Theodore Roethke Moore: Poetry, The Past is the Present, New York, A Grave, The Student, In Distrust of Merits Roethke: Root Cellar, My Papa’s Waltz, The Waking, I Knew a Woman
11) e.e. cummings l(a , she being Brand, next to of course god america i; thy fingers make early flowers of, in Just-, anyone lived in a pretty bow town, Buffalo Bill’s, my sweet old etcetera, since feeling is first, o sweet spontaneous, somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond; spring is a perhaps hand.
12) Langston Hughes & Harlem Renaissance Harlem, Same in Blues, Weary Blues, Theme for English B
13) Adrienne Rich Adrienne Rich: Diving into the Wreck, Living in Sin, Rape, Storm Warnings, Face to Face, A Valediction Forbidding Mourning (after John Donne’s poem).
14) Confessional Poetry John Berryman: Dream Songs 14, 29, 76, A Professor’s Song. Robert Lowell: Skunk Hour, To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage, Mr. Edwards and the Spider, Eye and Tooth. Sylvia Plath: Daddy, Guardian, Elm, Mirror, Metaphors, Morning Song, Lady Lazarus, Ariel, Edge,Words. Anne Sexton: The Kiss, Lobster, You, Dr. Martin, All My Pretty Ones, Sylvia’s Death.)
15) Final Exam
16) Final Exam


Course Notes / Textbooks: The Penguin Book of American Verse
Heath Anthology of American Literature, Vol II
References: The Penguin Book of American Verse
Heath Anthology of American Literature, Vol II

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 9 % 10
Quizzes 4 % 10
Seminar 1 % 10
Midterms 1 % 30
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Presentations / Seminar 1 5 5
Homework Assignments 1 5 5
Quizzes 4 4 16
Midterms 1 25 25
Final 1 30 30
Total Workload 123

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

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Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
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6) Ability to work effectively within and multi-disciplinary teams; individual study skills.
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing.
8) Awareness of the necessity of lifelong learning; ability to access information to follow developments in civil engineering technology.
9) To act in accordance with ethical principles, professional and ethical responsibility; having awareness of the importance of employee workplace health and safety.
10) Information about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development.
11) Knowledge about contemporary issues and the global and societal effects of engineering practices on health, environment, and safety; awareness of the legal consequences of civil engineering solutions.