English | Writing Poetry
W513 | 27668 | Bowman
W513 27668 BOWMAN
5:45p – 8:30p W
AUTHORIZATION OF INSTRUCTOR REQUIRED.
MFA Creative Writing Students do not need authorization.
W513: Writing Poetry is a graduate class for students interested in
writing poetry but who are not MFA Creative Writing Students in
Poetry. Students in the graduate program in fiction, English
graduate students working toward an M.A. or the Ph.D., as well as
graduate students outside the English department are eligible to
enroll in the course.
In this course we will practice and explore the writing process, the
elements for creating a poem, and craft. We will focus on the ways
in which the eye, the ear, the imagination, passion and intellect
converge and intermingle with exacting language and formal attention
to create or make a poem. We will focus on exactitude, speed,
compression, displacement, music, image, and surprise. We will
explore the musical charge of language, the textures of language and
the line beyond the straight ahead dictionary meaning, the layered
connotations of words, the exacting image. This course will
experiment with the various forms of poetry, looking at the music-
making, bodily aspects of the poem, exploring roots in dance and
song. We’ll try out traditional structures and stanza forms such as
sonnets, sestinas, blues poems, and villanelles. We will venture
into the worlds of the free verse line. We will also write poems in
non-literary forms. We will read several essays. I’ll most likely
assign an anthology, several poetry collections, and a packet of
Students currently enrolled in the graduate program in fiction have
automatic acceptance into the course; however, they should notify
the instructor well in advance of registration to insure that
they'll have a seat in the class. For those not in the MFA program,
admission into this course is by permission of the instructor.
Interested students should submit a sample of their poetry (minimum
of five pages) along with name, email address, and a brief
description of their current interests and previous creative writing
experience to the instructor's mailbox in Ballantine Hall 442 or as
an attachment to email@example.com.