May 09, 2003

Leibowitz, Herbert
[FREN BC3042] 20th Century Poetry

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Editor of "Parnassus" literary journal and biographer of William Caros Williams, Prof.
Leibowitz is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about contemporary poetry. However, his teaching style is either rusty or just incomplete, because his lectures are sometimes disjointed and he doesn't do a great job of incorporating student comments and discussion. Grading is pretty harsh, as if he's holding his undergratuate students to the graduate or post-graduate standards, and it's unclear exactly what he wants in the papers. The selection of poetry he has you read is excellent, though, and he includes poets that he respects but not necessarily admires, which I think is the mark of a real academic. A real professor, though, that's questionable. Hopefully he'll get the hang of it in a semester or two.

Workload:

1 5-page paper, 1 10-page paper, final exam (no midterm).