Poems about Cities and Civilizations:

Hughes, “Harlem,” “Good Morning,” “Same in Blues” (pp. 472-4)
Auden, “September 1, 1939” (pp. 504-6)
Lowell, “For the Union Dead” (pp. 634-6)
Hugo, “Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg” (pp. 685-6)
O’Hara, “A Step Away from Them” (pp. 790-1)
Levine, “You Can Have It” (pp. 851-2)
Snyder, “Things to Do Around San Francisco” (pp. 884-5)

What aspects of urban life do these poets emphasize and why? Discuss two or three poems.

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