Fall 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Briante, Susan
Discipline and Number
LIT 3314 Section 001
TR Time 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Studies in Poetry

Description of Course:

As an introductory study of poetry this course is designed to teach students how to read, analyze, write about and—most importantly—enjoy poetry. From Sappho to Frank O’Hara, we’ll look at poems that are hundreds of years old as well as contemporary works, though the course will not be conducted as a chronological history of poetry. We’ll study the important tools of the poet (rhyme, rhythm, meter, music, etc), learn about important forms and traditions as well as consider the varied vocations of the poet. Our aims are to read widely and deeply in poetry, develop a vocabulary and a range of strategies for discussing poems, and think about the cultural work that poetry can do.

Required Texts:

The Norton Anthology of Poetry 5th shorter edition ed.

Koch, Kenneth Making Your Own Days

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

*Weekly writing assignments; in-class individual, small group and large group work; feedback on classmates’ work (20%)
*Mid Term Exam (30%)
* Craft Analysis or a Poetic Imitation Essay (20%)
*Final Paper/Project (30%)

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