ENGLISH 297 - Introduction to Poetry
Section: 202
Term: SU 2009
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for concentrators in English and Honors English.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

An introductory course in the art of poetry, this class has the following objectives:
1. Improve the ability to read poetry with understanding and perception of the basic thematic content in poems.
2. Recognize the relationship between the forms that poems take and the devices they utilize and the content they convey;
3. Write critical explications of literary works and to communicate literary analyses with clarity and effectiveness.
4. To develop a long lasting appreciation of the art of poetry.

We will focus on understanding poetry’s various devises of shaping words and ideas (diction, syntax, images, figurative language); its musical tools (meter, rhythm, and rhyme), and then the structures of poems (traditional forms, free verse, and otherwise). Throughout our examinations of these facets of poetry we will be asking how poets use them to convey complex ideas. We will also question our approaches to poems and broaden our understanding of poems as our familiarity with poetry increases.

Made mostly of class discussions and short lectures, this is a reading and writing course. Students will be expected to read the assigned materials and to be prepared to discuss them in class. Three papers (4-7 pages) will make the bulk of the student’s grade. Students will also take two quizzes on the critical terms used in the course. Regular attendance and active class participation will also make up a sizeable portion of the course grade.

ENGLISH 297 - Introduction to Poetry
Schedule Listing
201 (REC)
MW 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: English 240 will be Permission of Instructor after the first day of class.
202 (REC)
MW 4:00PM - 6:00PM
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ISBN: 0312450516
Poetry : an introduction, Author: [edited by] Michael Meyer., Publisher: Bedford/St. Martins 5th ed. 2007
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