Course Description

Course Name

Poetry Reading: Fundamentals of Modern Art

Session: VVPS1224

Hours & Credits


Prerequisites & Language Level

Note: A placement exam will be required when you arrive on site.

High Intermediate

  • Prior to enrolling in courses at this language level, students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of three semesters (or five quarters) at the college level.



The objective of this course is to provide students access, from both a poetic as well as a critical perspective, to the fundamentals and development of poetic modernity.

To do this, we will go to the work itself, making our selection from the most representative poets: the founders and principal poets in this development. The course, as such, tries for a holistic view of poetry, starting from foundational texts as well as the poetic movements at the beginning of the century that have given rise to diverse manifestations up to the present day.


Poetry, both through the poem itself as well as through writings that identify themselves as being in that field, has established the principles for later artistic developments. In this sense, it is appropriate to identify and comment on the basis of that which has been the artistic proposition of our era, by means of the clear presentation of the poetic postulates that have generated that which can be seen, in general terms, in an artistic ?program? in development. This course seeks to present a holistic vision of contemporary poetic activity, alluding to the theories that emanate from said activity. In this way, the activity of the course will make present the constituents of our modernity, exposed by the poetic phenomenon, through the active participation with texts chosen for this effect.

The line of development that this course will take is given by the principles examined in the foundational texts that have been determined to be indicators of poetic modernity. The poems selected over the course of the sessions respond, then, to this general vision set out at the beginning; the objective of the course, therefore, is constituted as the delivery of the modern poetic panorama, through intellectual recognition and the modulation of initial intuition that teach text or poem gives different authors, so as to provide commentaries that are coherent with the very principles that are their foundation.


Foundational texts

Frederick Hölderlin
Arthur Rimbaud
Charles Baudelaire
Comte de Lautréamont

Poetic Developments

Futurist poets
Expressionist poets
Cubist poets
Surrealist poets

Poets who are not included in movements or schools of poetry.

The selection of these poets is based on the possibility of demonstrating, through their texts, their keeping with the general line set out at the beginning.


General vision, concerning the poets presented, of the phenomenon of poetic modernity.

*Course content subject to change