ENGL 205 Fall 2013 The Art of Poetry (W)

"If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off," Emily Dickinson wrote, "I know that is poetry." This course will explore the particular pleasures and excitements of poetry, taking up a wide range of poets--John Donne, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hayden, e.e. cummings, Louise Gl├╝ck, William Butler Yeats, Stephen Dunn, Richard Wilbur, Mary Oliver,and many others. We will raise such questions as, How exactly is poetry different from prose? Can we ever determine the "true" meaning of any poem? Can we reasonably argue that some poems are good and some are bad? How is our reading of a poem affected by what we know about the author, or the historical moment when the poem was composed, or the shape of the book in which it first appeared? What, finally, can a poem do to us?
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: Two papers (one requiring revision)=roughly two thirds of final grade; six short pieces of critical writing, several creative exercises, and class participation=roughly one third of final grade
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Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preference: first-year students who have placed out of a 100-level English course
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Divisional Attributes: Division I,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1658
ENGL205-01(F) SEM The Art of Poetry (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive Lawrence E. Raab
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hollander 040 1658
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