Winter 2019 HC 222H: Ecopoetry

Winter Term, 2018-2019

Professor: John Witte

4.00 credits

CRN 23357: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ CHA 201

Nature poetry in English has in recent years been revitalized by a widespread ecological awakening. Our class will investigate the links between poetry and environmentalism, and explore the various ways that nature has been represented in English and American verse. Our close reading of poems - from Chaucer to Hopkins to Mary Oliver - will be framed by ten seminal essays on ecopoetry. We will address the pressing issues of specie extinction, environmental degradation, and climate change, finding in the dynamic equilibrium of wilderness clues for our own survival. We will acquire from this course a keen sense of the poem as an instrument for quickening ecological awareness.