English | Introduction to Poetry
L205 | 1874 | Cecil


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

COAS INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION

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 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.