You don't hate it. In fact, you probably already love poetry. In this course we will attempt to rediscover the love for language, sound and rhythm we all share, even if we think we've escaped it. In doing so we will read and hear a wide range of poetry, from 'literary' poems to pop songs to nursery rhymes. We will be less interested in figuring out what poems mean than we will be in how poems make delight, wisdom, and 'yes' meaning in the first place.
All of this attention to how poems work will help us understand how our own writing should work. Good writing begins with good reading, and both of these require good critical thinking. This course aims to continue your development of these skills from high school in
preparation for a successful career at the University of Michigan.
Since this course is designed to prepare you to craft arguments that matter in an academic setting, you will be expected to complete four longer, graded essay assignments and several shorter, ungraded writing assignments. You will also be expected to workshop (comment on and
critique) your peers' writing.