L205 1947 CECIL
Introduction to Poetry

4:00p-5:15p MW (25) 3 cr.


In this course we will study, in depth, the lyric, narrative, and dramatic masterpieces of seven of the greatest poets in English: Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Donne, Dickinson, Frost, and Larkin. The work spans six centuries– the 1380's to the 1980's--and ranges in tone from broadly comical to deadly serious. There will be occasional handouts to supplement the textbook readings. The final two weeks of the class will be a conducted as a poetry workshop, in which each student's creative assignment--an original poem based on a contemporary model--will be discussed by the class as a whole. Writing assignments: 4 papers (three critical, one creative): daily written discussion questions, and a final examination.

Course Texts: Chaucer, Canterbury Tales; Shakespeare, Sonnets, As You Like It; John Donne, Complete English Poems; Milton, Paradise Lost; Emily Dickinson, Final Harvest: Emily Dickinson's Poems; Robert Frost, Robert Frost's Poems; Philip Larkin, Collected Poems.