Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Poetry can be defined in terms of its music; as a song. But any given poem is also a construction, a shape with angles and contours all its own; any given poem is a topography.
In this workshop, we will focus our reading and writing on the forms of poetry: canonical (e.g., the sonnet) as well as experimental (e.g., Ted Berrigan's sonnets), simple (e.g., the acrostic) as well as complex (e.g., the Spenserian stanza), open (e.g., "the list poem") as well as closed (e.g., the sestina). We will examine examples of specific poetic forms, write within those forms and their constraints, test the procedures of those forms, and invent our own forms for our own poetic occasions. Throughout, we will give consideration to how poetic forms not only frame "content" but also forge their own meanings.
Prerequisite: CRWT 2301 or equivalent.
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