Comparative Literature | The Lyric Poem
C315 | 1182 | --


Mary Dezember	 1:00-2:15   MW         LI 951
*Carries AHLA Credit

The Power of Lyric Poetry
When is a poem powerful?  What gives a poem its power?  What inspires a
poet to lyric creation?  This is the course that examines poetic structure
and anti-structure, sound and visual devices and their contributions to
the power of a poem.  In C315, we explore the poem as a vital center to
community as well as an individually authored expression.  Some poems,
inspired by an inner search, initiate the poet as "poet" by illustrating a
rite of passage or journey to identity.  Students of C315 discover this
quest within the poetic text.  Students also experience external sources
of inspiration for poetry through viewing slides of famous artwork and by
listening to musical CDs.  In addition, students of C315 learn how the
lyric poem is itself both an aural and a visual art form.  Ultimately, The
Lyric Poem directs the student to become a performer with lyric poetry by
synthesizing learned material with her or his life.  Techniques to
learning include lecturer instruction, student group work, class
discussions, analysis/synthesis exercises, individual student
presentations, two 3-4 page papers, one 6-8 page paper, a final exam,
attendance at a poetry reading, and attendance at a presentation by the
Lilly Library staff of Sylvia Plath poetry drafts and other archival
material.  Texts include poetry by Rimbaud, Whitman, Dickinson, Stevens,
Plath, Dante, and a course packet of various formal verse and visionary
free verse poetry, such as by Baudelaire, Rilke, Rumi and from the Song of
Songs and Native American tradition.