TR 9:30 a.m. -- 10:50 a.m.
Throughout the semester our major tasks will be to read selected poems carefully to see the connections between manners of presentation and effects created by the techniques used; to write poems; to discuss selected poems written by members of the class; to comprehend the relationship between understanding a poem and appreciating its comparative level of success. In doing the above, we shall explore representative examples of poetry in terms of levels of language used and possibilities of form, both fixed and open.
There will be numerous discussions having to do with rhythmic and sonic effects, the major forms for poetry, different attitudes toward poetic art and composition. In short, the students will be dealing with and becoming more knowledgeable about poetic history. The students will be developing throughout the semester a fairly sophisticated understanding of poetic technique, and with that points of advantage and disadvantage regarding particular concerns of style.
Each member of the class will be expected to turn in a new (or revised) poems approximately every week. Because these will be looked at as exercises, as efforts at exploration of voice and technique, they will not be graded, though I shall comment on them. Near the end of the semester each student is expected to turn in a sheaf of five poems written and polished during the semester. Success in the class will be determined by quality of improvement, attentiveness to and participation in class discussion, and faithfulness in regard to class attendance. Students may very be dropped from class for what I consider excessive absences. I reserved the right to determine was “excessive” means. At the end of the semester, the students in the class will introduce a short selection of (about four) poems, written by the student during the semester, and read them to the class. In order to pass the course, the student will have to participate in the readings, and that includes being present while the other class members read. Failure to do either one of those will mean that the student has not satisfactorily completed the course.