Week 3

Welcome back. Discussion of video close-reading process. Written close readings (perhaps of the poem you spoke about) will be due next week.


A few minutes for Frost

  • orienting
  • overview, Frost as a modernist; form; rural ethos; orientation towards “American”
  • close read one or two poems

Ezra Pound

  • orientating questions
  • overview, Pound as modernist; make it new; movements (Imagism, Vorticism, et al); paradox of modernist disruption AND classical or comparative literature domain from which he draws; cultural context and complications: Europe/America, support for “Art” (patronage); Italy in WWII, Fascism, anti-semitism; Cantos and modernist epic.

Broader issues in reading Modernist poetry

  • close reading (origins in convention of judgement/evaluation, as much as interpretation/meaning); the scholastic shift; benefits and limitations; place of a close-reading in other (non-formalist) scholarship or teaching about poetry?
  • mobility - keeping in touch with detail and whole, form and content. Thinking about words in poems, but also poems in books; books re: authors; books / poems / authors re: movements and broader cultural issues, then and now.

Homework

  1. ) Written close reading essay. One poem. 1-3 sources. Quote the whole poem in sections. Attend to form and content, observing formal details but always attributing significance, meaning or pattern. A close reading of a poem which has some underlying unity necessarily includes some type of thesis/conclusion, and a meaningful title. Max 5 pages (1250 words)

2) Reading for next week prepares us to think about distant reading using text analysis tools. Our class will be in workshop format.

  • Hammond, Adam. from Literature in the Digital Age. External Link
  • Sinclair and Rockwell. Textual Analysis and Visualization: Making Meaning Count. External Link

Novices will be introduced to

https://voyant-tools.org/

Essays will be of good, general preparation. The tool also features some good documentation.

For the purposes of the class, experienced Voyant visualizers will work in a small group to learn and then give a class demonstration of Lexos.

http://lexos.wheatoncollege.edu/upload

About Lexos