Spring 2011 - Graduate Course Description
Intructor:
Schulte, Rainer
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6350 Section: 501
Day:
W Time: 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title:
Creating Poetry

DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

NAME OF INSTRUCTOR Rainer Schulte
COURSE AREA AND NUMBER HUAS 6350 Section 501 DAY Wednesday JO 4.312__ Time 7:00 -9:45

COURSE TITLE: Creating Poetry



Description of Course

The writing of poems presupposes a continuous intense reading of poetry written in the present and in the past. Students must acquaint themselves with the national and international poetic climate of the present time in order to begin to formulate their own poetic voice. Thus, the various techniques of poetic thinking and writing will be studied and the emphasis of the discussion will focus on "how a poem is made" and "how the poem comes to mean."
During the Workshop, considerable time will be spent on a detailed discussion of poetic structures introduced by contemporary American and international poets and on the discussion of student's poems to illustrate the various steps that lead to the preparation of a final draft of a poem. Students will also be introduced to the scene of literary journals publishing poetry in the United States.
Readings will include selections of contemporary poets from Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Several poems by international poets will be approached through multiple translations. Some critical works dealing with the art and craft of poetry will be examined as to their usefulness for the writing and reading of contemporary poetry.

A major selection of international poets will be provided by the instructor.


Requirements: Students will be required to participate in the workshop discussions, articulate the structural principles of poems, prepare a manuscript of their own poems, and/or study specific poems through multiple translations.

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Requirements: Students will be required to participate in the workshop discussions, articulate the structural principles of poems, prepare a manuscript of their own poems, and/or study specific poems through multiple translations.

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