When we consider popular culture we must also think about the literary forms such as poetry that have historically shaped the concept of the ‘popular.’ In this
week’s module we will be focusing on British poetry through the work of Raymond Williams. To begin, please watch this video. that provides a broad
framework understanding his work. As you watch the video, please reflect on differing notions of culture. How do you understand culture? We often connect
‘culture’ to being ‘cultured’ or ‘cultivated’ or educated, but where does that notion come from?
What is Williams’ exigence? Who is his rhetorical audience? What are his constraints?