Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Briante, Susan
Discipline and Number
CRWT 3351 Section 001
MW Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Course Title
Creating Poetry

Description of Course:

Traditional creative writing workshops focus their attention on revising poems. But how do we learn to enrich and improve our writing practice? This course will shift emphasis away from product toward process, away from polishing drafts and toward the cultivation of one’s attention to the world and to experience. We will explore notebook strategies and learn to practice making quick sketches of our internal states and external observations as well as to respond to assigned readings. We will review the most important characteristics of poetry (rhyme, rhythm, repetition, image, music, etc.) Then we will work through the various stages of inspiration, creation and revision of our own poems. To aide us in this process we will read from the notebooks, diaries, and poetry collections of canonical poets such as Basho and Gerard Manley Hopkins, as well important contemporary poets such as Campbell McGrath, Hoa Nguyen and Kate Greenstreet. (Two of the three will read on campus during the course.) This class will combine exercises in close-reading, techniques of observation as well as the study of poetic tools and strategies for revisions.

Required Texts:

Greenstreet, Kate Young Tambling. ISBN-13: 9781934103357 (Due out in January 2013)
Koch, Kenneth Making Your Own Days ISBN-10: 0-684-82438-8
McGrath, Campbell Seven Notebooks: Poems ISBN-10: 0061254657
Nguyen, Hoa As Long As Trees Last by ISBN-10: 1933517611

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Participation/Workshop (20%)
One Craft Analysis Essay (20%)
One Peer Analysis Essay (30%)
Final Portfolio of revised poems (30%)

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