From ancient celebrations of Olympic champions to contemporary explorations of race in America, the poetry of sports is a rich and diverse field. In this introductory course, students will learn to read and analyze poems about sports by some of the great poets of the twentieth century -- as well as a few from prior eras. We will thus explore both poetics -- how a poem works; and how and why to read poetry -- and the culture of sports, as these poems offer answers to perennial questions: why do we play sports? Why do we watch? Why do we care so much? Why do sports matter?
This is an introductory course with no previous experience with poetry required.
Faculty will contact all students after the July 5 registration deadline with course instructions. Students should expect to dedicate time for course related work in the first and third week.