For each part, focus on a different assigned reading from the course syllabus and quote passages to illustrate your observations.

PART I: The poets chosen for this week are among the leading poets of contemporary American literature; however, there are many others. Locate and read four poems by a Postmodern American author of your choice from the included list. How do you see this author as fitting into post-modernism? Be sure to connect with the poems you selected. Doing some biographical research may also be helpful. Be sure to share the link(s) to the poems you read.

  • Stephen Ratcliffe is the Author I chose. You can select four poems of your choice!
  • https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/stephen-rat…
  • PART II: One contemporary trend in poetry is known loosely as the “confessional mode,” in which the poet’s own life becomes an important element of the subject of his or her poetry. The three assigned poets clearly work in the confessional vein to some extent. How do they keep their poems from being merely about themselves?

    The three assigned poets and their writings are:

    Sharon Olds

  • “After Making Love in Winter”
  • “The Planned Child”
  • Linda Pastan

  • “I Am Learning to Abandon the World”
  • The Obligation to be Happy”
  • Larry Levis

  • “To a Wren on Calvary”
  • “Winter Stars”
  • PART III: You probably know John Grisham better from his novels than from his journalistic essays. In what ways does his magazine essay seem “fictional” to you–not necessarily fictional in the sense of things being made up, but rather in terms of style or writing technique?

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    INITIAL POST must meet the 200-word minimum requirement. For each part, include quotes from the assigned readings with MLA in-page and bibliographical citations. Balance answers: give each part equal attention.

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