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Description

This 6-unit subject gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the poetry of two living Nobel Laureates: the Caribbean poet, Derek Walcott, and the Northern-Irish poet, Seamus Heaney.

We will begin and end the semester with their magnificent epic works: Heaney’s translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf, and Walcott’s Omeros (a modern epic set in the West Indies). Between these major narrative poems, we will read a rich selection of their shorter poems, as well as some of their reflections in prose on what poetry does, on what other poets do, and what it means to write in English from the historical and political situation of Northern Ireland (for Heaney) or the Caribbean (for Walcott).

Course Curriculum

  • Beowulf, translator’s introduction, “The Settle Bed” Unlimited
  • Beowulf, translator’s introduction (cont.) Unlimited
  • North Unlimited
  • Field Work, Seeing Things Unlimited
  • The Spirit Level Unlimited
  • In a Green Night Unlimited
  • The Castaway, The Gulf Unlimited
  • Sea Grapes, The Star-Apple Kingdom Unlimited
  • The Star-Apple Kingdom, The Fortunate Traveller Unlimited
  • Omeros, books I-II Unlimited
  • Omeros, books III-V Unlimited

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