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ENG-201-20, Techniques in Writing Verse (FA14)

INSTRUCTOR: Shelley Puhak

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Semester/Thursdays/6-8:45 pm, 09/04/2014-12/11/2014

CONTENT:

This class is structured around the study and practice of poetic form, to provide you with experience writing in a variety of verse forms and styles, from traditional to contemporary, from lyrical writing to free verse, and from metaphorical to fairly direct styles. Through revision activities, we will explore the means through which written expression can be made more emphatic, figurative, memorable and evocative.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1. Composition

Students will compose at least six new poems, one per week, for the first half of the class. These poems will be based upon weekly readings and prompts.

2. Revision

During the second half of class, students will significantly revise poems of their choosing in response to six revision exercises.  

3. Workshop

During the second half of class, each student will also present a poem for detailed examination and discussion by the class.

4. Portfolio        

Students will compose a portfolio of work: four poems they wrote and/or revised this semester, edited and assembled.

METHODS:

Workshop, lecture, in-class writing activities

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

Composition & Revision Exercises - 30%

Overall Participation - 30%

Final Portfolio - 40%

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

Strand and Boland, Eds.  The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms.  W.W. Norton, 2000.

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

N/A