FINAL EXAM: 12/23, 12-3pm, MU 115

Alexander Library

The final exam will be held in our usual classroom.  Best of luck with your end-of-the-semester studies!

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The Black Riders and Other Lines

Below are some images of the 1895 version of Stephen Crane’s The Black Riders and Other Lines, which was published by Copeland and Day.

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“Do not go gentle into that good night”

Click here to hear Dylan Thomas reading the poem.

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Robert Lowell’s “For the Union Dead” turns 50 this month

See David Barber’s article in The Atlantic, which was the magazine that published Lowell’s poem in 1960 as a double-spread.

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On A.R. Ammons’ “Corsons Inlet”

As your anthology notes, Corson’s Inlet is in southern New Jersey; it is, according to the NJDEP, “one of the last undeveloped tracts of land along the state’s oceanfront. The area’s natural habitats are rich in the diversity of its wildlife with primary and secondary sand dune systems, shoreline overwash, marine estuaries and upland areas in which hundreds of wildlife species live and breed.”  Think about how this prose description relates to Ammons’ poetic description. 

Here’s an excerpt from an interview (conducted by Philip Fried) with Ammons about the composition of his poem:

PF: Do you write all your long poems in sequence?

Ammons: That’s right, I just begin. I do the same for the short poems; they’re written the same way. I never—I can show you some drafts—“Corsons Inlet,” that poem “Corsons Inlet” was written just like that, from beginning to end, in one sitting. I don’t recommend that as being better than anything else. I’m just saying that’s the way I did it. I came back to it, of course, and reconsidered it with my best judgment.

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The Ode

An elaborately formal lyric poem, often in the form of a lengthy ceremonious address to a person or abstract entity, always serious and elevated in tone. There are two different classical models: in Greek, the epinicion or choral ode of Pindar devoted to public praise of athletes (5th century BCE), and Horace’s more privately reflective odes in Latin ( c.23 – 13 BCE ). Pindar composed his odes for performance by a chorus , using lines of varying length in a complex three-part structure of stropheantistrophe , and epode corresponding to the chorus’s dancing movements (see pindaric ), whereas Horace wrote literary odes in regular stanzas. Close English imitations of Pindar, such as Thomas Gray’s ‘The Progress of Poesy’ ( 1754 ), are rare, but a looser irregular ode with varying lengths of strophes was introduced by Abraham Cowley’s ‘Pindarique Odes’ ( 1656 ) and followed by John Dryden , William Collins , William Wordsworth (in ‘Ode: Intimations of Immortality’ ( 1807 )), and S. T. Coleridge , among others; this irregular form of ode is sometimes called the Cowleyan ode. Odes in which the same form of stanza is repeated regularly (see homostrophic ) are called Horatian odes: in English, these include the celebrated odes of John Keats , notably ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ and ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ (both 1820 ). Adjectiveodic. For a fuller account, consult Carol Maddison , Apollo and the Nine: A History of the Ode ( 1960 ).

“ode”  The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms. Chris Baldick. Oxford University Press, 2008. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press.  New York University.  8 November 2010  <;

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In Honor of Tyler: An LGBT Reading

Writers House and The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum Present: In Honor of Tyler: An LGBT Reading Rutgers has a wealth of LGBT role models in the literary arts. Join us as Mark Doty, Cheryl Clarke, Jess Arndt, and Sara Jaffe read poetry and fiction and discuss how to develop a writer’s voice that represents, illuminates, and advocates for the LGBT community. Meredith McGill will introduce and moderate discussion by these exemplary writers and teachers, followed by a reception at Writers House. Please bring questions, concerns, and ideas.

Date: November 9, 2010
Time: 7 PM
Location: Zimmerli Art Museum, Lower Dodge Gallery

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