Graduate School of Education

Fall Semester 2005
EE434 English Education through Modern British & American Literature
Thursday 8:10pm
An Sonjae (Brother Anthony)

  The aim of this course is to study together some modern British and American poems that may be of interest to adult readers. Each week we will look at two poems, using them as the basis for practice in reading alound (recitation), in analysis, and for topics for free discussion. All classes will be entirely in English. In this way, teachers and future teachers of English will gain added fluency in English and confidence in approaching poetry, in case it proves possible to introduce poetry into the English classroom.

Detailed Course Description

September 1  Week 1
Introduction to the course.
Robert Frost: The Road not Taken & Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

September 8 Week 2
Robert Frost: Tree at my Window & D.H. Lawrence: Trees in the Garden

September 15 Week 3
William Carlos Williams: Spring and All & E.E.Cummings: beyond

September 22 Week 4
D.H. Lawrence: The Elephant is Slow to Mate & Sylvia Plath: Morning Song

September 29 Week 5
Elizabeth Bishop: One Art & Dana Goia: Words

October 6 Week 6
W.H. Auden: Song IX & W. B. Yeats: The Lake Isle of Innisfree

October 13 Week 7
R. S. Thomas: A Peasant & Gary Snyder: Hay for the Horses

October 20 Week 8
Thomas Hardy : The Darkling Thrush & Seamus Heaney: Lightenings

October 27 Week 9
Craig Raine: A Martian Sends a Postcard Home & Ted Hughes: Hawk Roosting

November 3 Week 10
Thomas Hardy: The Oxen & Thomas Hardy : The Voice

November 10 Week 11
William Butler Yeats: When You Are Old & W. H. Auden: Lullaby

November 17 Week 12
Denise Levertov: The Secret & Margaret Atwood: Variations on the Word Sleep

November 24 Week 13
Philip Larkin: The Trees & Talking in Bed

December 1 Week 14
Philip Larkin: Ambulances & Thom Gunn: The Man With Night Sweats

December 8 Week 15
Final Exam (Each student will talk about the thoughts one of the poems studied during the semester has inspired, for 5 - 6 minutes)

Written Assignments

1. Each week, students will come to class with a paragraph (in English, of course) containing several sentences expressing ideas or feelings arising from reading each of the poems to be studied that week. They will end the paragraph with a question (inspired by some aspect of the week's poems) for further discussion. The weekly assignments should be printed out in double, one copy being submitted for grading.

2. At the end of the semester, each student will expand the 5-minute talk given as the final exam into a 3-page English essay, to be submitted by December 19.