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翻譯:黃心瑜(簡介並寄信)
編輯:王博律(Rosa Wang)(簡介並寄信)

課程描述

廣泛閱讀Lowell、Levertov、Rich、Heaney、Pinsky、Dove等當代重要詩人的作品,著重各家詩人的詩風演變,及討論詩學影響及文學傳承等問題。教學與習作方式將以口頭及書面報告交流想法。

這表示本課程將以討論的方式進行,設此目標的原因之一,是為避免本人講課聒噪,常離題的情況。我們必須全力避免此事發生。基本原則是你在課堂上可以隨時發言。另一個原因是出席率是必要的,沒有所謂「借筆記」或「補課」的情形。我將定期點名,並將你的出席率列入學期成績評量中。



書面作業

延期繳交是不可能的,關於這一點,我很「機車」,而且讓我很「感冒」的是有一天你晃進來拿出遲交很久作業說:「我現在可以交作業嗎?」我想我不需要解釋「不」這個字的意思吧。如果你覺得期限內,交不出滿意的報告,儘快找我洽談。假使到了期限最後一天,你還不滿意自己的作業,就先繳交,因為還有討論的空間,我不會懲罰你,可以再修改後於學期結束前重繳。我厭惡未完成的作業的程度,和厭惡紐約洋基隊的程度差不了多少。

你的書面作業必須有五頁的篇幅,分析指定書中的其中一首詩。我會希望你避免那些我們在課堂上花很多時間討論的詩。如果你不清楚我的要求,儘快找我 談。絕對不要想以「我很忙」當作怠惰的藉口。開門見山地說,這裡是麻省理工,每個人都很忙。

期末的專題作業將擴大到十至十五頁的篇幅,並評論我們在課程中討論過的詩人,他們如何面對這個「真實」的世界及其錯綜複雜的一面。方法就是仔細分析詩人特定的兩三首詩。




Course Description

Extensive reading of works by major poets, including Lowell, Levertov, Rich, Heaney, Pinsky, and Dove. Emphasis on the evolution of each poet's work and the questions of poetic influence and literary tradition. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication.

This is meant to be a discussion course. One factor that will legislate against this aim is the instructor's digressive wordiness. We must all fight against that. The fundamental rule of thumb is that you ALWAYS are entitled to the floor. And a second is that attendance is a vital necessity because there is no way to "get the notes" or "make up for what you missed." I will take attendance regularly, and give weight to your attendance record in your term grade.



Writing Assignments

Let's get this business of extensions out of the way, right off. On that score, I am a total jerk. One thing totally frosts me -- for you to stroll in a day or so late with a paper and say, "Can I turn this in, now?" What part of "No" don't you understand? If you look at the due dates and feel you will be unable to write a satisfactory essay to be submitted then, talk to me as soon as possible. If you find yourself, on the due date, just not happy with what you've done, turn it in, let's talk it over, and then revise and resubmit without penalty. Up to the end of the term, that is. I hate Incompletes almost as much as I hate the New York Yankees.

You will be required to write two 5-page analytic essays, each dealing with a specific poem from one of the assigned texts. I'd prefer you avoid poems we spend a lot of class time on. If you are unclear about what I expect, talk to me sooner rather than later. And don't ever, ever, ever try "I'm busy" as an explanation of any dereliction. Let's be frank: this is MIT. Everyone is busy, all of the time.

Your final project will be a more extended essay, running to 10-15 pages, and assessing how the work of one of our poets confronts the "real" world and its complexities. Tactically, work through the focused analysis of two or three specific poems.




 
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