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Ecopoetics

Professor Sophie Christman
SUNY Stony Brook University

What is the nature of poetry? How does poetry reflect nature? This course examines poetry published in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as contemporary times through the lens of nature. Course goals include learning how to interpret a poem and analyze the many forms, styles and traditions of poetry. Through close reading of poems, we will note how science interrogates landscape, faith interacts with nature and industrialization pocks the pastoral. Genres will include Romantic, Victorian, Modernist and Contemporary poetry that reflect on environmental concerns. We will read poems by Wordsworth, E.B. Browning, Eliot, Hughes, H.D., Yeats, Stevens and Oliver to see how human and non-human animals interact with built and natural environments in verse.

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