Poetry and Poetics|
Fall 2011 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural and Critical Theory|
This course offers an introduction to important topics in the interpretation and theory of poetry, from its mythic origins in bardic storytelling and tavern singing to contemporary music lyrics and art press chapbooks. We will investigate how poets and critics have defined poetry and its relation to other uses of language, other forms of literature, and other arts, particularly painting and music. Central themes include the interplay of form and meaning, the sounds of poetry, poetic voice and lyric expressivity, the representational and symbolic power of poetic words and images, patronage and market pressures, and the tension between print and orality in the poetic text. Our readings include poems, literary criticism and theory, philosophy, and classic works in poetics from Aristotle to Yeats.
Writing: this is a writing-intensive course. Interpretation: we will develop strategies for interpreting a wide range of poems in many styles and forms; we will also consider the nature of poetic meaning and poetic interpretation.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Works by William Shakespeare, William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, and many other poets. Theoretical texts by philosophers such as Aristotle, Friedrich Schiller, John Stuart Mill, and Giorgio Agamben and by poets such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Matthew Arnold, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, and Charles Altieri.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Several very short response papers (1p.); two short essays (3-4 p.); recitation of a poem; composition of a poem; final paper (7-9 p.).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
All students are warmly welcome in this course, which also was designed as a theory course for English majors. No prior experience with poetry is required. This course fulfills the Theory requirement for the English major and contributes to the fulfillment of the Theory & Literary Forms concentration.
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