Fall 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Briante, Susan
Discipline and Number
CRWT 3351 Section 001
TR Time 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
Creating Poetry

Description of Course:

Allen Ginsberg dramatically defined poetry as the act of “standing before you speechless and intelligent and shaking with shame, rejected yet confessing out the soul…” Most creative writing workshops ask us to write out of our lives, and yet how can we translate what we experience onto the page in ways that make our histories and impressions intelligible and relevant to the reader? How do we write from what we know without seeming self-indulgent or self-serving? We will read three complete collections of poetry in order to understand the strategies used to write from autobiography. We will consider poetic traditions as well as contemporary poetic procedures. as we explore ways to write out of —and beyond—our lives. This class will be to help students attain a writer’s discipline in crafting poems and revising them. We will also focus on how to become better editors of our work and the work of our peers through the workshop process.

Required Texts:

Hass, Robert. Human Wishes
Notley, Alice. Mysteries of Small Houses
as well as at least one additional text to be announced

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Weekly poems, exercises, and feedback on classmates’ work (20%).
One 3-4 page craft analysis essays of a book of poetry by a single author (30%).
One 4-5 page peer analysis of another student’s final portfolio of poems (20%)
Final Portfolio of 7-10 revised poems (30%).

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