The course provides a particular focus on poetic forms or sub-genres of poetry. These might include dramatic monologue and extended poetic projects such as sequences in a particular form or voice. Effort is made to broaden students reading knowledge of poetry. Prerequisite: ENG 149.
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Spring Semester informationRonald Dye
312A: Poetry Topics: Songwriting
In this class students study song form, type and genre; and compose lyrics based on traditional and popular music models. The course also explores the differences and similarities between song and poetry.
312B: Poetry Writing: Topics: An Intercultural, Eclectic, Electric Poetry Reading and Writing Workshop
This is a rich poetry course that is designed to be half reading salon and half writing workshop. We shall cultivate a safe and open-minded class, in which we could celebrate a vibrant spectrum of "intercultural" styles and ideas as well as hone our own poetry-writing skills. Our schedule may include reading such great poets as Whitman, Ginsberg, Plath, Dickinson, Neruda, Basho, Issa, Du Fu, Etheridge Knight, Gwendolyn Brooks, Mirabai, Bessie Smith and more. We shall also study various forms and techniques including long-line and short-line free verse, haiku, renga, ghazals, blues poems, sonnets, rap and prose poems. Hopefully, our exciting reading and discussion sessions will inspire us to write our own vivid poems and variations.