Poems by Meredith Martin

Apology Two

Apology Five

Nothing Else



Poet and scholar Meredith Martin,’97, studied poetry at Smith with Karl Kirchwey and Annie Boutelle, and helped develop the proposal for a Poetry Center. She earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan, and teaches at Princeton University.

Martin specializes in Victorian, Edwardian, and Georgian poetry and prosody, historical prosody, 20th century lyric theory, and poetry of the First World War. She is also interested in poetry and/in public culture, the history of metrical education, and the place of rhythm in hip-hop culture. Her article "Therapeutic Measures: The Hydra and Wilfred Owen at Craiglockhart War Hospital" was published January 2007 in Modernism/Modernity.

Two book-length projects are underway. The Rise and Fall of Meter: Poetic Form and English National Culture, 1880-1920 means to demonstrate how metrical form is a measure of important shifts in ideas about poetry and national culture, focusing in particular on British poetry from 1880-1920 as a formative period for the definition of Englishness. 'I'm Nobody or I'm a Nation': Colonial Metrical Education and the Formation of Poetic Identity" investigates common assumptions about meter's hegemony and rhythm's freedom in French and English post-colonial poetry.

At Princeton, Martin teaches 19th century poetry, the Literature of the Fin de Siecle, and is developing a new course with Professor Mendi Obadike about rhythm, meter, and community and/or national identification, tentatively titled "Rhythm Nation."

See also Meredith Martin's poem in the Alumnae Poetry section




Poetry Center Reading:

      Fall 2007  
    (with Elizabeth Alexander, Karl Kirchway & Abe Louise Young)