Archives for May 2, 2017

Due 5/3: Existentialism is a Humanism

1. (Due May 3) Existentialism is a Humanism–This reading sets us up for the last three texts of the year. Let it be known that this essay is conceptually/philosophically difficult. Do not wait until the night before to read it. Break it into bits and pieces. Jean Paul Sartre is often the first name to come to mind when one considers Existentialism. His brand of atheistic existentialism so dominates the existential landscape that one forgets that the “first existentialist” Kierkegaard was indeed a theist. Nevertheless, Sartre’s essay most clearly defines the existential mindset. It becomes a fundamental piece of the year’s final unit.   Additionally, his essay establishes some of the tenets of existentialism that are universally applicable. In a nutshell Sartre defends his philosophy against the four primary critiques of existentialism.

Due 5/3: Imagism and Beat Poetry

1. Reading–The World is a Beautiful Place by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
2. Imagism Poem–Just as we spoke about in class: Think of one of those images you have burned in your memory, the more emotion you have attached to the image the better. Then, in the spirit/style of Imagism write a poem capturing the image.


Sean Leon
Poetry Seminar
8. Imagism