RCHUMS 221 - The Writing of Poetry
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What is poetry? Are poems songs, complaints, protests, love letters, confessions, or meditations? Yes. Is poetry the opposite of prose or merely its strange cousin? Yes. Is poetry the ability “to be in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts” (to quote Keats)? Maybe.
In this class we will read and write a wide range of poetry. On the reading side, we will study new and old masters alike, from very recent work to important poems of previous centuries, in order to examine process, history, form, and, most importantly, the aesthetic and strategic choices poets make. We will study how poems are put together, how they make meaning, how they invite a reader in, reward an attentive reader, and thwart a reader’s expectations—all in their mission to complicate the mundane, crystalize the inconceivable, elucidate human experience, expose injustice, and more.

On the writing side we will, fueled by our reading and directed by exercises and assignments, produce a lot of poetry. As we write, we will explore a range of subjects, styles, voices, approaches to metaphor, forms, and more. We will use a workshopping approach, so a central component of the course will be sharing your own poetry in class and responding to the work of fellow students in detailed, thoughtful ways.

Course Requirements:

Requirements include careful reading, participation in class discussions and workshops, thoughtful analytical writing and ambitious creative writing, openness to hearing and making use of critical feedback, and a final portfolio.

RCHUMS 221 - The Writing of Poetry
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
1RC Ugrd
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 0393316548
The Poet's companion : a guide to the pleasures of writing poetry, Author: Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux., Publisher: W.W. Norton 1st ed. 1997
ISBN: 0393321789
The making of a poem : a Norton anthology of poetic forms, Author: edited by Mark Strand and Eavan Boland., Publisher: Norton Norton pbk 2001
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