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Modern American poetry
Grade Levels:
10-12
Length:
60 minutes
Taping Rights:
Unlimited
MARC Record:
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Program Schedule:
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Six of America’s most memorable poets are portrayed in these programs, originally produced for a college-level telecourse. Nobel Prize winner Joseph Brodsky, writer Mary McCarthy, the late author James Baldwin, and poet Adrienne Rich join other notable writers, scholars, and performers in exploring the work, lives, and times of individual poets. Drama, dance, performances, interviews, archival footage, on-location cinematography, and recordings of poets reading their own works heighten appreciation and understanding of the literary texts.

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2012/13 Program Schedule

101. Elizabeth Bishop
Illustrates the geographic spirit of Bishop's life and works, from her childhood in Nova Scotia to her travels in Brazil, with scenes from her poems. Mark Strand, James Merrill, Octavio Paz, and Mary McCarthy offer personal memories and commentary.
102. Emily Dickinson
Dramatic scenarios and New England landscapes illuminate the passionate genius of Dickinson, whose poems represent a broad range of imaginative experience. Adrienne Rich, Joyce Carol Oates, and Dickinson biographer Richard Sewall comment.
103. T.S. Eliot
Eliot's life, influence, and poetry—from the bold originality of "Prufrock" to the probing, meditative style of "Four Quartets"—are explored with photos; archival footage; and discussion with friends, critics, and scholars.
104. Robert Frost
Frost's image as elder statesman is contrasted with his vigorous, poetic exploration of the darker forces of nature and the human condition. Readings and interviews yield compelling insights into his work.
105. Langston Hughes
Hughes wrote of the beauty, dignity, and heritage of blacks in America. Interviews, music, and dance performances convey his work and influence, discussed by James Baldwin and biographer Arnold Rampersad.
106. Walt Whitman
Brilliant readings of Whitman's poems demonstrate his American vision and style and vividly convey their poignancy and sheer power. Whitman's sources, including Emerson, the King James Bible, opera, and political oratory, are revealed.

Episodes in this Series

101. Elizabeth Bishop
Illustrates the geographic spirit of Bishop's life and works, from her childhood in Nova Scotia to her travels in Brazil, with scenes from her poems. Mark Strand, James Merrill, Octavio Paz, and Mary McCarthy offer personal memories and commentary. 58 minutes.
102. Emily Dickinson
Dramatic scenarios and New England landscapes illuminate the passionate genius of Dickinson, whose poems represent a broad range of imaginative experience. Adrienne Rich, Joyce Carol Oates, and Dickinson biographer Richard Sewall comment. 57 minutes.
103. T.S. Eliot
Eliot's life, influence, and poetry—from the bold originality of "Prufrock" to the probing, meditative style of "Four Quartets"—are explored with photos; archival footage; and discussion with friends, critics, and scholars. 58 minutes.
104. Robert Frost
Frost's image as elder statesman is contrasted with his vigorous, poetic exploration of the darker forces of nature and the human condition. Readings and interviews yield compelling insights into his work. 58 minutes.
105. Langston Hughes
Hughes wrote of the beauty, dignity, and heritage of blacks in America. Interviews, music, and dance performances convey his work and influence, discussed by James Baldwin and biographer Arnold Rampersad. 58 minutes.
106. Walt Whitman
Brilliant readings of Whitman's poems demonstrate his American vision and style and vividly convey their poignancy and sheer power. Whitman's sources, including Emerson, the King James Bible, opera, and political oratory, are revealed. 57 minutes.

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