Question 1
What do you think Charles Olson means in Projective Verse when he writes “form is never more than an extension of content”.
Critical Reading: Olson, Charles. “Projective Verse.” In Collected Prose: Charles Olson, edited by Donald Allen and Benjamin Friedlander, 239-49, 423-27. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.
Question 2
Using Margret Atwood’s poem ‘This is a photograph of me’, how does the chosen poet address or challenge ideas of authoritative speaking “I” within this poem?
Critical Reading: Margret Atwood (b. 1939), in The Norton Anthology of Poetry, 4th Ed., pp. 1783-1784.

Question 3
In the poem ‘On the Beach: A Bicentennial Poem’ by John Forbes, how does John Forbes use humour as a mode of political critique? Discuss at least two examples from the poem.
Critical Reading: John Forbes (1950-1998), from Collected Poems, pp. 129-133.

Question 4
What do you think Henry Sayre means by “the poem must act in the world”? How does this relate to what he calls oral poetics?
Critical Reading: Sayre, Henry M. “David Antin and the Oral Poetics Movement.” Contemporary Literature 23, no. 4 (1982): 428-50. http://www.jstor.org.ezproxy.uws.edu.au/stable/1207942

Question 5
Using the poem or lyric by Gil Scott-Heron ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’, how does the poem or lyric make use of what Cornelia Grabner identifies as the ‘vernacular, dialects and accents’ that she considers essential to performance poetry?
Critical Reading: Gräbner, Cornelia. “Performance Poetry: New Languages and New Literary Circuits?” World Literature Today Online 82, no. 1 (2008).

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