Reading Modern Poetry Comparatively

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Reading Modern Poetry Comparatively

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    This module brings together two major traditions in modern poetry since the Romantics, the Greek and the Anglo-American, in order to encourage you in a range of comparative-literary approaches. It covers a wide range of canonical poems by major Greek, English and American writers in such a way as to encourage unexpected yet rigorous readings of modern poetry across cultural boundaries. All Greek poems may be read in translation.
    The course, for which knowledge of Modern Greek is not a prerequisite, is of an introductory character in terms of required background but aims to develop historically informed and sophisticated critical reading. You will cover poems from the Greek-speaking and English-speaking worlds over a 175-year period, in a representative variety of genres and verse forms. You will also learn to discriminate between different modes of comparison in comparative-literary study. Some of the Greek poems are direct tributes to, ripostes to, protests against, or artful borrowings from the English-language poems in question; others are striking parallels, whose affinities with and divergences from the English poems are themselves revealing of the different literary (and broader) cultures from which they come.

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