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Unit 1: Poetry
Great American poets Edgar Allan Poe, William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Billy Collins.
Literature, in its broadest sense, is any written work. More restrictively, it is writing that possesses literary merit. Literature can be classified according to whether it is fiction or non-fiction and whether it is poetry or prose. It can be further distinguished according to major forms such as the novel, short
story or drama, and works are often categorized according to historical periods or their adherence to certain aesthetic features or expectations (genre).
Roethke’s work is characterized by its introspection, rhythm and natural imagery. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1954 for The Waking, and he won the annual National Book Award for Poetry twice, in 1959 for Words for the Wind and posthumously in 1965 for The Far Field.
This is video footage of Maya Angelou reciting her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at the 1993 Presidential Inaugural. This footage is official public record produced by the White House Television (WHTV) crew, provided by the Clinton Presidential Library.
Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection "Leaves of Grass."
How do metaphors help us better understand the world? And, what makes a good metaphor? In this video, explore these questions with writers like Langston Hughes and Carl Sandburg, who have mastered the art of bringing a scene or emotion to life.
Read about New Criticism, a formalist movement in literary theory that dominated American literary criticism in the middle decades of the 20th century. It emphasized close reading, particularly of poetry, to discover how a work of literature functioned as a self-contained, self-referential aesthetic object.
Given all of the reading and writing that you are expected to accomplish as college/university students, it’s important to be as efficient as possible when committing time to these responsibilities. Three of the most important suggestions for approaching reading and, therefore, writing, efficiently are described.
Analysis is a way of understanding a subject by expressing an opinion (making assertions), supporting that opinion (including examples), justifying that opinion (explaining the examples), and showing why the opinion matters (extending the significance).
Introduction to Poetry (Poem by Billy Collins) - Kinetic Typography. Authored by: eddysung1. Located at: https://youtu.be/TkREA94QYRk. License: All Rights Reserved. License Terms: Standard YouTube License.
The art of the metaphor - Jane Hirshfield. Authored by: TED-Ed. Located at: https://youtu.be/A0edKgL9EgM. License: All Rights Reserved. License Terms: Standard YouTube License.
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer. Authored by: Walt Whitman. Provided by: FCIT. Located at: http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/109/selected-american-and-british-poems/5416/when-i-heard-the-learnd-astronomer/. Project: Lit2Go. License: All Rights Reserved. License Terms: A maximum of twenty-five (25) MP3 and/or text files may be used in any non-commercial, educational project (report, presentation, display, website, etc.) without special permission. The use of more than twenty-five MP3 and/or text files in a single project requires written permission from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) at USF.