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  posted on 1/9/2007 at 01:06 PM
I've been teaching this course since 1996 at the Catholic University of America.

Many thanks to the Allman Brothers Band--especially Butch , Warren, Jaimoe, Bert and Kirk--for their help, time and generosity.

Poetry and Rock in the Age of Dickey and Dylan

Dr. Ernest Suarez
Office: 324 Marist Hall
Office hours by appointment

This course surveys the development of American poetry and rock music after World War II, with particular attention to the years 1965-1975. We will begin with the transition from Modernist to Contemporary poetry, and consider the relationship of this process to the changes that take place in blues and rock music in the fifties and early sixties. The links between major developments in poetry and rock music after the mid-sixties will be explored in subsequent sessions.

Requirements: Material assigned for a particular class must be read and listened to before that class meeting. Regular attendance and participation are mandatory. More than two absences will result in an “F.”

Grading: Mid-term 30%, Final 30%, Essay 30%, Participation 10%

Required materials:
Contemporary American Poetry, A. Poulin, Jr., ed.

Students (in groups, if desired) must purchase all CDS that are italicized on the syllabus

Southbound: Interviews with Southern Poets, Ernest Suarez with T.W. Stanford and Amy Verner

Assignments for particular class meetings will be handed out as the course progresses. The schedule for the first five weeks is listed below.

Wk 1, 1950s

Poetry: from Modern to Contemporary
High Modernism: T.S. Eliot
Transition to Contemporary: William Carlos and Dylan Thomas
Contemporary: Confessional, Beat, Deep Image, Black Mountain, Southern

Music: from Blues to Rock:

Recordings by Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker.

Wks 2&3, 1960-1965

Poetry: New Voices
Selected readings from James Dickey, Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Randall Jarrell, Theodore Roethke, Richard Hugo, John Berryman


Music: Going Electric
Bob Dylan: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963), The Times They Are A-Changin’ (1964), Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964), Bringing It All Back Home (1965), Highway 61 Revisited (1964)

Byrds: Mr. Tambourine Man (1965) or Turn! Turn! Turn!

The Beatles: Selected early cuts and Rubber Soul (1965)

The Rolling Stones: selected cuts

The Yardbirds: selected cuts

Wks 4&5, 1966-1968

Poetry: Aesthetics of Sensationalism
Selected readings from James Dickey, Allen Ginsberg, W.S. Merwin, Galway Kinnell, Sylvia Plath, R.P. Warren

Music: Psychedelia
Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde (1966)

The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), Magical Mystery Tour (1968)

Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced? (1967)

Cream: Fresh Cream (1967)

Janis Joplin: Cheap Thrills (1968)

The Rolling Stones: selected cuts and Beggars Banquet (1968)

The Doors: The Doors (1967), Strange Days (1968), Waiting for the Sun (1968)

Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow (1967)

Aretha Franklin: selected cuts

Buffalo Springfield: selected cuts

The Flying Burrito Brothers: selected cuts


Part II
Poetry and Rock in the Age of Dickey and Dylan

So far we’ve more or less proceeded chronologically, detailing the shift from High Modernism to the various contemporary poetic modes, including, Beat, Confessional, and Deep Image. We’ve also examined how Rock evolved from the Blues. Now we enter a phase of the class when, rather than staying within a chronological framework, we begin to examine various forms of poetry and music that developed from the work of the artists we’ve considered so far. Music and poetry do continue to change during the 1970s to the present, but the changes are nowhere near as dramatic as what occurred in the 50s and 60s; instead, recent artists built on the foundations that we’ve examined. Hence the changes are more a matter of degree than of kind.

WKS 9,10 & 11

Long Poem: Robert Penn Warren’s Audubon

The Rock Opera

The Who, Quadrophenia
The Kinks, Schoolboys in Disgrace
The Eagles, Desperado

Wk 12: POETRY READINGS: DAVE SMITH (JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY) & DAVID BOTTOMS (POET LAUREATE OF GEORGIA)

WK 13: THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND: Live at the Beacon Theatre
Class meetings on history of the ABB and its contribution to American music


WK 14

Poetry: Charles Wright & Ellen Bryant Voigt

Singer/Songwriter

Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks
Jackson Browne, For Everyman
Joni Mitchell, Clouds
Tom Waits, Closing Time
Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run


WK 15

FINAL EXAM

 

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  posted on 1/9/2007 at 02:36 PM
please check your pm---thanks

 

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  posted on 1/9/2007 at 03:32 PM
Go ahead on, Ernest!

My mom taught school for 29 years. When she was teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English, she would take our albums of Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Joni Mitchell, etc. to her classes. The students would listen to the albums and were asked to write an essay on "the song of the day". The Headmaster was not amused, but she continued to teach "her way"! Recently, Mama and I went to see Leon at a small theatre in Macon. Some of her former students were there! We had a grand time. One of her students called to tell her "Thank You" for introducing her to Leon Russell.

 

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  posted on 1/9/2007 at 04:12 PM
MissElf - your mom sounds like one of those teachers we end up being blessed with all to infrequently. Bless her heart - she found a way to reach her students.

 

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  posted on 1/9/2007 at 04:55 PM
Wow - I wish that class was taught at NC State!

It sounds awesome

 

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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 12:56 AM
So, Dr. Suarez, Dickey = Betts or James, and Dylan = Bob or Thomas? Probably (b) and (c). Or all four.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 10:39 AM
In regard to the course's title, Dickey refers to James Dickey---we do a good deal of his poetry from the 1960s--and Dylan refers to Bob. But Dylan Thomas and Dickey Betts are also part of the course.

A note: The ABB played at Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Gala celebration and James Dickey composed the Inaugural poem, titled "The Strength of Fields."

 

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