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  • Locations: Virtual, International
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Non-IILE applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 01/21/2022
Rolling Admission 01/31/2022 05/24/2022

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Program Description:
An introduction to reading, writing, and writing about poetry, Something Old, Something New pairs poetry of the past with poetry of the contemporary to examine how poets respond to each other and their social context. Poetry travels, so our scope will be global, with an emphasis on the ways that language, form, genre and convention transform as poets seek alternatives to their own traditions by reaching back to others, often across international borders, languages, and centuries. We will study how some modern poetries take song traditions as their point of departure—for instance, the relation between Native American song and contemporary Native American poets—and how others resonate with ancient spiritual poetries—for example, the influence of the Quran on Mahmoud Darwish. Matters of historical context and theories of translation will guide us, even as the principal focus will always be the practice of reading the poetry itself.

We will give particular attention to lyric traditions from the regions represented by the OSUN network. Some of the contemporary poets we’ll read include: Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana), Zeyar Lynn (Myanmar), Etel Adnan (Lebanon/France), Najwan Darwish (Palestine). We’ll also consider work from the Tang dynasty, medieval Japan, Renaissance and Romantic Europe, and the Latin American 20th century. As an introductory course, Something Old, Something New does not require previous experience reading poetry—in fact, we welcome students who are new to it, as well as students who thrive on it. 

Course Days and Times
Monday and Wednesday, 08:30-09:50 (New York Time). 14:30-15:50 (Vienna Time). 

Erica Kaufman and Derek Furr

Course Level

4 US / 8 ECTS

OSUN Partner Offering Course
Bard College Annandale (ANN)

This program is currently not accepting applications.