Please answer ONE of the following questions in a brief essay. Please let us know which question your essay answers.
1. We have talked a lot in class about the mediation of personal expression: poems are made out of words, images, metaphors, allusions, and figures from popular culture and – we have seen many times – other poems. Choose TWO poets we have read so far and discuss these poetsâ€™ different approaches to mediating their poems through other poets/poems. What are the poetsâ€™ relationships to the other poets they reference? How do the poetsâ€™ uses of other poems (either in their titles, by completing a thought another poem had started, by imitating another poemâ€™s structure, etc.) both permit and problematize personal expression? If you remember specific examples of lines or poems or phrases, those will help in this answer.