Hardy and Yeats Lecture Notes

Hardy and Yeats Lecture Notes - with Ireland half Romantic,...

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Hardy and Yeats (the birth of Modern Poetry) Thomas Hardy 1840-1928 English poet and novelist Tess of the D’Urbervilles Jude the Obscure Far From the Madding Crowd all his novels—19 th century; most of his verse—20 th century. ‘The Convergence of the Twain’—mordant, ironic poem written on the occasion of the Titanic disaster (read at memorial service, inappropriately enough). poem’s stanzas shaped like iceberg and ship William Butler Yeats 1865-1931 Irish Poet deeply concerned
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Unformatted text preview: with Ireland half Romantic, half Modern Maud Gonne feminist, actress, Irish nationalist beloved of Yeats, resented by Yeats inspiration for his faith and for his cynicism Leda and the Swan Questions this poem asks us to ask: What is the nature of power? Of Violence? What happens to those who exert force? To those who are done harm? What is the relationship between civilization and barbarism? At what price does creation happen?...
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This note was uploaded on 12/17/2009 for the course ENG English taught by Professor Bruster during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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