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IGNOU MEG-18 - American Poetry

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IGNOU MEG-18 Code Details

  • University IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Title American Poetry
  • Language(s) English
  • Code MEG-18
  • Subject English
  • Degree(s) MA
  • Course Optional Courses

IGNOU MEG-18 English Topics Covered

Block 1 - An Introduction to American Poetry: Themes and Issues

  • Unit 1 - Contextualizing American Poetry: Colonial Period
  • Unit 2 - Contextualizing American Poetry: Post Colonial Period
  • Unit 3 - Contextualizing American Poetry: Modern Period

Block 2 - Eighteen and the Nineteenth Century-I

  • Unit 1 - Background
  • Unit 2 - Philip Freneau’s “The Wild Honey Suckle”
  • Unit 3 - Phillis Wheatley’s “On Being Brought From Africa to America”
  • Unit 4 - Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Brahma”
  • Unit 5 - Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”
  • Unit 6 - Emily Dickinson: “I Taste A Liquor Never Brewed” and “She Sweeps With Many Colored Brooms”

Block 3 - Eighteenth and the Nineteenth Century-II

  • Unit 1 - Background
  • Unit 2 - Edgar Lee Master’s “America”
  • Unit 3 - Carl Sandburg’s “Accomplished Facts”
  • Unit 4 - Robert Frost's “Home Burial” and “After Apple Picking”

Block 4 - Early Twentieth Century

  • Unit 1 - Background
  • Unit 2 - T. S. Eliot’s “Ash Wednesday”
  • Unit 3 - Ezra Pound’s “The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter”
  • Unit 4 - William Carlos Williams’ “A Good Night”
  • Unit 5 - Countee Cullen’s “Lines to My Father” and “Langston Hughes’ Let America Be America Again”

Block 5 - Mid Twentieth Century

  • Unit 1 - Background
  • Unit 2 - Robert Lowell’s “For The Union Dead”
  • Unit 3 - Sylvia Plath’s “Ariel”, “Daddy” and “Lady Lazarus”
  • Unit 4 - Anne Sexton’s “After Auschwitz” and Elizabth Bishop’s “A Summer’s Dream”
  • Unit 5 - Wallace Stevens “Anecdote of The Jar”

Block 6 - Late Twentieth Century

  • Unit 1 - Background
  • Unit 2 - John Crowe Ransom’s “Riverside”
  • Unit 3 - Leslie Marmon Silko’s “Selection From Laguna Woman” and “Joy Harjo’s The Last Song”
  • Unit 4 - Robert Penn Warren’s “A Way to Love God”
  • Unit 5 - Allen Ginsberg's “Death and Fame”

Block 7 - Contemporary Poetry

  • Unit 1 - Background
  • Unit 2 - Adrienne Rich’s “In a Classroom” and Carolyn Kizer’s “On a Line from Valéry” (The Gulf War)
  • Unit 3 - Maya Angelou’s “Touched by an Angel” and Marge Piercy’s “The Colors Passing Through Us”
  • Unit 4 - Shirley Geok-Lin Lim’s “Pantoun for Chinese Women”
  • Unit 5 - Gwendolyn Brooks “The Children of the Poor”
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IGNOU MEG-18 (July 2024 - January 2025) Assignment Questions

1. Trace the history of colonialism in America and its impact on American poetry. 2. Write short notes on: a) American Spirot and Puritan Spirit b) American poetry today 3. Walt Whitman’s poem, “Song of Myself” is a social document engaging American national landscape – discuss. 4. How does the choice of words in the poem “I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed” help to illustrate the idea of ‘self’ of the poet? 5. Critically appreciate the poems, “ Home Burial” and “After apple Picking”. 6. Discuss Joy Harjo and Leslie Marmon Silko as important Native American poets

IGNOU MEG-18 (July 2023 - January 2024) Assignment Questions

1. Enumerate on the Revolutionary War and Treaty of Paris and their impact on American poetry 2. Write short notes on: a) American Spirit b) Puritan Spirit 3. Philip Freneau’s poem, “The Wild Honey Suckle” is a political document engaging American national landscape – discuss. 4. How does the choice of words in the poem “I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed” help to illustrate the idea of drunkenness? 5. Critically appreciate Robert Lowell’s poem, “For the Union Dead” 6. Discuss the use of imageries by Joy Harjo and Leslie Marmon Silko in the poems given in your syllabus.
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