ENGL 222
Lyric Poetry Spring 2020
Division I Writing Skills

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The goal of this writing-skills gateway course is to advance our abilities as rigorous, subtle, and imaginative interpreters of poetry. Our focus will be on lyrics–relatively short poems in which a single speaker describes (often in intense language) his or her emotions, attitudes, or state of mind. Our readings will be drawn from a range of historical periods from the seventeenth century forward, with particular emphasis on poems written since the mid-nineteenth century. Among the poets likely to be studied are: Jonson, Gray, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Dickinson, Hardy, Owen, Yeats, Auden, Frost, and Heaney. We will also discuss works by two poets at Williams: Lawrence Raab and Jessica Fisher.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3732
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in seminar discussions, and four or five papers (about 20 pages total)
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 Preferences: sophomores and first-year students who have not yet taken an ENGL Gateway course
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
WS Notes: There will be 4-5 papers assigned, ranging in length from 4-6 pages, spaced evenly throughout the term. Total writing will be 20 pages or more. Detailed feedback will be provided on each paper. There will be opportunities for revisions, and for conferences before and after each paper.
Attributes: ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses
ENGL Literary Histories B

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