The Power of Poetry


Takes different approaches to thinking through the relationship of poetry to power and the place and function of poetic language in contrast to other language forms. Specific units: (1) poetry's roots in what we think of as prayers, spells, and curses and the roots of theatre and epic narrative in rituals associated with these forms – focus primarily on early Vedic poetry and the work of Laurie Patton and Theodore Proferes on its public dimensions, (2) comparative/historical study (3) an exploration of “lyric” as a form of play, and (4) consideration of arguments for the value and function of poetry in contemporary culture. Open only to students in the FOCUS Program. One course.

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