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15. Poetry of Liberation

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Unit Overview: Learning Objectives

After students have viewed the video, read the headnotes and literary selections in The Norton Anthology of American Literature, and explored related archival materials on the American Passages Web site, they should be able to
  1. discuss the political, historical, and social contexts of postwar poetry, particularly the counterculture of the 1950s and 1960s;

  2. discuss several different schools of poetry represented by poets in the unit, namely the Beat movement, the New York school, confessional poetry, feminism, and the Black Arts movement;

  3. recognize and describe innovations in the poetry of the period;

  4. describe ways in which these poets differ from their modernist predecessors and how postwar poets continue to challenge and expand our notion of American poetry and the American idiom;

  5. describe postmodernism, discuss its causes and origins, and discuss ways in which the poetry in this unit responds to the postmodern condition.




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