ENGL 281
Introductory Workshop in Poetry Spring 2023 (also offered Fall 2022)
Division I

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Poetry is a capacious genre, and notoriously difficult to define. Emily Dickinson wrote of it this way: “If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?” In this introductory workshop, we will generate an expansive definition of poetry and get comfortable with its many strategies. We’ll read broadly in canonical and contemporary poetry and will engage in various exercises, improvisations, and collaborations.You’ll come to understand your own creative process, in part through learning about how a wide range of poets work. You will write your own poems, as well as brief reflection papers. You will give thoughtful feedback on one others’ poems, and revise your own work as part of a final portfolio.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3976
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: engaged participation; successful completion of assignments; demonstrated commitment and substantial improvement, as evidenced by a final portfolio of revised poems.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: All interested students should pre-register and will be emailed with instructions if the course is over-enrolled.
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: ENGL Creative Writing Courses

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