Course Description

William Carlos Williams, e. e. cummings, Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, H.D., Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot.  These names read like a “Who’s Who” of American poetry. From the conversational diction of Williams to the arch classicism of Eliot, these writers set the parameters for poetry in the 20th – and 21st – century.  But why are they labeled Moderns? Since they wrote their works almost one hundred years ago, what makes them modern?  Join us as we answer this question. We’ll take some detours through Europe and art museums but settle in on reading and talking about exactly what modernism was and how these poets earned their modernist stripes. (includes light refreshments)

Professor of English at Ocean County College and Lecturer at Rutgers, Dr. Bordelon’s scholarship, focused on American literature, has been published in Studies in the Novel, Book History, and in scholarly collections. 

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What’s So Modern About the Moderns? Modern American Poets
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Jul 10, 2023
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Course Fee non-credit $45.00
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Jul 03, 2023
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Jul 03, 2023
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