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    ENG 252LEC - Poetry
    Poetry MA Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
    Class #:   21918   Enrollment Capacity:   30
    Section:   MA   Enrollment Total:   5
    Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   25
    Dates:   08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018   Status:   OPEN
    Days, Time:   T R , 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
    Room:   Clemen 438 view map
    Location:   North Campus      
      Course Description
    Introduction to the forms, language, and history of poetry and to methods of poetic interpretation. For example: Prof. M.Q. Ma, Anglophone Poetry: Form and Genre This course introduces students to the study of the formal and the generic features of lyric poetry in English as it develops through history. Among the issues we will study in this class are, for example, 1) what are the main types of meters (e.g., syllabic, accentual-syllabic); 2) what are the most popular metric lines (e.g., iambic pentameter) and how to scan them; 3) how to recognize particular forms (e.g., sonnet, blank verse) and genre (e.g., ballad, elegy); 4) how style changes from one historical period to another; 5) how poems are related to social, political, and cultural environments in which they are created and received; 6) how aesthetic judgments are made and how they change over time---about poets, poetics, poetry schools, poetic styles, and about poetry in general; 7) how language is used and understood as the medium. The goals of the class are, among others, to help students improve their language awareness, their ability to read poems with recognition, understanding, and appreciation, their awareness of the historical, social, cultural, and political contexts in which poems are written, and their communication skills through the study of a set of literary terms. For example: Prof. T. Dean, The Mechanics of Poetry William Carlos Williams said that poems are machines made out of words. This course introduces students to the mechanics of poetry: how poems are made, how they function, and how we talk about them at the college level. We will consider the full range of poetic forms in English from the sixteenth century to the present, focusing on how poems speak to other poems more than they speak to their author's experience. For example: S. McCaffery, Poetry's Function, Form, and Difference This course is designed to introduce students to the mechanics and forms of poetry: its four defined historic functions (to imitate, to teach, to express, to invent), its different partitions (genres) and how and why it differs from prose. We will consider a wide range of forms from the sixteenth century to the present and learn to analyze the structure of poems in detail. The range of texts will include, among others, the sonnet, ode, elegy, pastoral and the more recent examples of concrete and sound poetry. The goals of the class are, among others, to assist students improve their reading skills, engage in class dynamic, compare and analyze texts in both their formal and historical contexts, and develop their communication skills in both written and oral form.
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