Expansive Poetics – 37 (Lawrence and Whitman)
March 13, 2014
Allen’s Expansive Poetics lectures continue AG: These specimens in American poetry of open-form verse are not that easy to find. Even after (Ezra) Pound and (William Carlos) Williams – 1905 or so – most American poets continued writing in the more archaic, nineteenth-century, iambic patterns. And when I first discovered free verse,[…]
Expansive Poetics – 11 ( Herman Melville)
December 19, 2013
AG: Then, another heroic precursor, nineteenth-century, is Herman Melville, as a poet. How many here have run across Melville as a poet? Yeah. Has anybody here read Melville as a prose writer? – Moby Dick?  That’s much more common. And how many have seen his poetry again – Yeah[…]
Expansive Poetics – 10 (A Digression – Metrics)
December 18, 2013
AG: You all know anapestic rhythm? Is there anybody here that doesn’t know rhythms, I guess. Well, we might as well go to the board. We won’t be using this much in the twentieth-century but, just for those who don’t know, this is standard (or was, at one time, standard) simple measured[…]
Expansive Poetics – 9 (The Bells and Annabel Lee)
December 17, 2013
Then, in America, the most interesting person around (at) the same time (as Pushkin, in the nineteenth-century), born 1809 and died early, 1849, is Edgar Allan Poe. Are most of you familiar with Poe? How many here are familiar with Poe? How many here are not? […]
Expansive Poetics – 8 – Pushkin
December 16, 2013
So, last session I was reading aloud some of (Percy Bysshe) Shelley as precursor to the heroic and expansive breath that we’ll try to follow for twentieth-century poetry. And there are a few other poets of the nineteenth-century that are worth noting. There’s a lot[…]
Expansive Poetics – 5 (Shelley’s Cadence)
December 9, 2013
Student: – The thing I had trouble with, (with) stuff like that, is wondering if I should (be), like, listening to every word, understanding what’s being said. AG: In this case.. Well, the first thing is, no, you don’t need to understand it. The most important[…]
Expansive Poetics – 3 (Aboriginal Introduction)
December 4, 2013
AG: So for this . I thought I’d bring in a little bit of material that is extraneous, but is considered precursor. This is from Geza Roheim‘s “Children of the Desert“ (concerning) the Western tribes of Central Australia. So this is the only ancient poem that I’ll introduce.[…]