English | Introduction to Poetry
L205 | 2000 | Smith

11:15a-12:05p MWF (25) 3 cr


The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the art of poetry.
To that end, students will learn and practice strategies for reading and
studying poetry that represents a wide range of historical periods and a
variety of conventions and techniques as we strive toward developing a
greater understanding and appreciation of the art.

Because much of the work of this course will be carried on through class
discussion and other class activities, regular attendance and
participation will be required.  At the same time, because this section
has been designated as "writing intensive," students may expect to receive
instruction in and opportunities to practice strategies for writing about
poetry and so will be asked to submit over the course of the semester a
series of scritical papers (totalling, roughly, 5,000 words), a midterm, a
final exam, and a variety of informal exercises.