ENGLISH 297 - Introduction to Poetry
Section: 103
Term: SP 2010
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for concentrators in English and Honors English.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Too often poetry is seen as a literary form that only dedicated writers, academics, and their victims (students) read. I hope that the experience of reading and discussing poems in this course will encourage you to read poetry not only inside but outside the classroom. The class will provide you with extensive practice in close reading that should challenge and develop your interpretive abilities. We will focus throughout the term on the designs of poetry — its formal aspects and its purpose: the means by which each poem makes its claims on a reader’s attention, how each poem “means” and how we might go about understanding and communicating that meaning to ourselves and others. Discussions will repeatedly raise questions about the act of reading, of interpretation itself. How does a community of readers arrive at a consensus on the meaning of a poem? We will be working from The Norton Anthology of Poetry and materials on Ctools.

Assignments will include frequent oral reports and numerous short papers (2-3 pp.), and a final essay (10 pp.) on a poet of your choice. Participation in discussions is required; attendance is mandatory.

ENGLISH 297 - Introduction to Poetry
Schedule Listing
101 (REC)
TuTh 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Note: English 240 will be Permission of Instructor after the first day of class.
102 (REC)
MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: English 240 will be Permission of the Instructor after the first day of class.
103 (REC)
MW 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: English 240 will be Permission of the Instrcutor after the first day of class.
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Make sure you get this edition; it's been out for long enough that there are used copies out there too.
ISBN: 0393979202
The Norton anthology of poetry, Author: [ed. by] Margaret Ferguson ..., Publisher: Norton 5. ed. 2005
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