AFTER you listen the (rather long) Mini Lecture 6, and read the linked notes, explore these questions as we begin postmodern American poetry.
How is mental illness represented in Ginsberg’s Howl, Lowell’s “Waking in the Blue” and/or “Home After Three Months Away,” and Plath’s “Lady Lazarus”? How does the speaker of each poem, and his or her sense of crisis, compare to the multiple speakers and sense of crisis in The Waste Land? Do you notice any other significant similarities and differences? Discuss Howl AND your choice of a poem by Plath OR Lowell. Analyze specific lines (NOT those from Howl that I discuss in my mini lecture notes), paying attention to the speaker, word choice, and any figurative language.