Poetry Courses

Poetry Course Descriptions

English 92: Reading and Writing Poetry (Autumn, Winter, Spring)
In this introductory course students will write and read widely, exploring various aspects of poetic craft, including imagery, metaphor, line, stanza, music, rhythm, diction, and tone. Students will also examine a number of poetic traditions, including the sonnet, the villanelle, and poetry of witness. Through peer critique, students respond closely to the work of fellow writers in a supportive workshop. Writers at all levels of experience and comfort with poetry are welcome. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: PWR 1.

English 160: Poetry and Poetics (Autumn, Spring)
Introduction to the reading of poetry, with emphasis on theories of poetics and their place in history. Topics include meter and scansion, history of forms (sonnet, elegy, ode), modes of address, classical antecedents, painting and poetry, romanticism and modernism, politics, contemporary poetics.

English 192: Intermediate Poetry Writing (Autumn, Winter, Spring)
In English 192, students will examine a diverse range of contemporary poetry collections. They will write and revise several of their own short poems, and one longer poetic sequence. At the mid-point in the quarter, students will meet for individual conferences to outline and define a longer creative project that reflects his or her interest in the poets and poems that we discuss. At the end of the quarter, students will develop and present this longer creative project to the workshop. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: English 92.

English 192 V: The Occasions of Poetry (Winter)
This course will be conducted as a workshop, with weekly assignments and related readings. We will discuss three students’ poems each week; those not covered in class will be annotated and returned. Conferences encouraged. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: English 92.

English 292: Advanced Poetry Writing (Spring)
English 292 is a continuation of intermediate poetry writing. Students will write a number of short poems along with one long poem, and offer these works to the class for a workshop-style critique. The focus of this course is on generating and discussing student poems and seeking published models for the work. Prerequisite: English 192.