In the second half of the twentieth century, American poetry moves away from modernism and splinters in several directions, including beat poetry, confessional poetry, political poetry, and something of a return to nature. Examine these movements since 1950, focusing on representative poets including Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, Bishop, Lowell, Plath, Sexton, Clifton, Rich, Wright, Hass, Oliver, Snyder, Olds, Collins, and Trethewey; exploring their individual works as well as their poetic lineage.
Stephanie Wells has a B.A. from Berkeley, M.A. from University of Virginia, and Ph.D. from UC Davis, with a focus on modernism and postmodernism in American and British novels and poetry. She has been a literature professor for over 20 years and currently teaches at College of Marin.