English | The Craft of Poetry
W383 | 22069 | Maurice Manning

Maurice Manning

PREREQUISITE:  Completion of W203, W303, or permission of instructor.

22069 - 11:15a-12:30p TR (30 students) 3 cr.

Poems are made of patterns—patterns of sound, patterns of imagery,
patterns of rhythm, and patterns of thought.  Pattern-making in
poetry is surely part of the fun of composition, but it is also an
essential way poems create meaning.  The various tools and skills a
poet uses to make patterns and to yield intricate designs are
commonly known as elements of the craft.  Just as a carpenter learns
how to use a mallet and chisel, a poet learns how to use a spondee,
or a medial caesura.  In this course we will examine in detail
specific elements of poetic craft.  This will include the function
and effect of figurative language such as simile, metaphor,
anaphora, apostrophe, and metonymy.  We will look at received poetic
forms such as the sonnet, haiku, limerick, and villanelle, as well
as open form.  But our starting point will be to look closely at the
poetic line, how that line functions in metered verse, and how it
establishes form in free verse.  Students can expect weekly writing
assignments, a couple of essays, and a presentation.  Readings will
come from an anthology of modern English-language poetry, handouts,
and a book or two on prosody.  The course will be mostly discussion
with lots of hands-on writing activities.  While this course is not
a conventional workshop, students will be expected to share their