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ENG 201 - Poetry

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: ENG 102  

This is a course in the study of poems of various periods and types. Emphasis is on the meaning of individual poems and the interplay of sensory images. The course will examine how social and philosophical culture dictate how poetry is written and establish what qualities make great poetry.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify the shifting influences on poetry.
  2. Analyze poetic structure, theme, figures of speech employed and nuances.
  3. Accurately place poets within each historic period.
  4. Explain each poet’s relationship to the development of poetry in his/her historic period.
  5. Explain the specific characteristics of poems from various literary periods.
  6. Define poetry terminology.
  7. Apply techniques of poetry analysis to texts.
  8. Write effective poetry analyses; write comparative analytical papers.
  9. Memorize at least 20 lines of poetry to understand sound, rhythm, rhyme.
  10. Craft some poetry in order to understand the process of writing.
  11. Participate in discussion to hone skills of analysis and understanding of poetry.
Listed Topics
  1. Principal historic movements and influences: Timeline of periods and authors
  2. Major poets and works: Language structure and characteristics of each author’s writings
  3. Varieties of themes and styles – literary analysis of select works; closed form versus open form poetry; scansion; rhyme and meter; figures of speech
  4. The effects of language on the genre/structure of literature
  5. Literary analysis of major works
Reference Materials
Current recognized texts, handouts, videos, study sheets, Internet resources and multi-media.
Approved By: Sutin, Stewart Date Approved: 12/13/2006

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