Past Exam Papers
Annual Class Photos
Please make sure that, when registering at Cave Hill Online
you change the e-mail address listed under Personal Information to the
one you normally use.
LITS3001 Modern Poetry
(formerly E30A) forms part of a
sequence of inter-related poetry courses that seeks to introduce students to
the historical development of poetry in English. For information on this
sequence, please click
This course offers a broad survey of modern
poetry written from the 1890's to around the end of the Second World War,
the characteristic preoccupations and techniques of which have had a
profound impact on all poetry written subsequently in this century.
Some of the following poets are studied: Frost, Yeats, Pound, Eliot, William Carlos Williams, H[ilda].
D[oolittle]., Marianne Moore, Auden, Dylan Thomas, Langston Hughes, and Countee Cullen. We shall explore the main themes (urban life,
nihilism, futility, despair, etc.) and innovative technical features (e.g.
Eliot’s impersonal theory of poetry [the ‘objective correlative’],
colloquialism, vers libre, the deconstruction of traditional generic
boundaries, etc.) which made much modern poetry such a radical departure
from the Romantic and Victorian modes of poetic discourse which preceded it.
We will strive to situate this poetry in relation to
the tumultuous socio-political changes (industrialism, imperialism, World War I and its aftermath, the
dominance of political Liberalism, the rise of Communism and Fascism, ,the
emergence of the women’s movement), the main Anglophone philosophical
currents (e.g. the dominance of Idealism, the emergence of Analytic
philosophy, the consolidation of nihilism), and
theoretical tendencies (fin de siècle symbolism,
aestheticism, decadence, and impressionism; 'High' Modernism, Myth
criticism, etc.) of the time.
LITS2001 Poetry I: Wyatt to Pope (formerly
E20A); and / or
LITS2002 Poetry II: the Nineteenth Century (formerly E20B).
LITS2005 Introduction to
Chaucer and LITS2013 Introduction to Milton may
also be acceptable.
Seminar participation and / or presentation(s)
and / or response(s): 10%
Term paper: 30%
Final examination: 60% (2 questions in 2 hours)
Please note that, whatever the final mark, students must
pass at least one
question in the final exam to pass any course in Literatures in
English. Failures of this sort are denoted by FE ('Failed Exam') on the grade slip.