Thursday, June 7, 2018

Yale Students Petition to ‘Abolish’ Major English Poets

From Intellectual Takeout:
First, a look at who these major English poets are. Shakespeare. Chaucer. Milton. And then there are men such Edmund Spenser, John Donne, Alexander Pope, William Wordsworth, and T.S. Eliot. Not bad company, eh? Is it too much to ask English literature majors to take a couple classes to study the men who shaped the language and gave it great beauty? Apparently so. The petition says students in these classes “are made to feel so alienated that they get up and leave the room.” From where does this alienation spring? Is it from the works of the great poets? Or is it the fact that they are white, male, and heterosexual? (Read more.)

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