Special Topic: Writing the Sonnet|
Fall 2020 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Writing Certificate|
The sonnet is one of our oldest and most ubiquitous poetic forms. For centuries, writers as disparate as William Shakespeare, Marilyn Nelson, Wanda Coleman, and David Wojahn have dabbled, innovated, succeeded, and sometimes failed with the form. In this course, we will explore the demands and nuances of the sonnet, in an effort to discover what has attracted and continues to attract so many practitioners. By semester's end, students will possess greater facility with the form itself, as well as skills and techniques that may be of use when composing future poems, whether formal or free-verse.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: ENGL216 OR ENGL336
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)
Jess, Tyehimba, OLIIO, (Wave Books)
Levin, Phillis, ed. THE PENGUIN BOOK OF THE SONNET (Penguin Books)
Nelson, Marilyn, A WREATH FOR EMMET TILL (Houghton-Mifflin)
Stern, Gerald, AMERICAN SONNETS (WW Norton)
Wojahn, David, MYSTERY TRAIN (University of Pittsburgh)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly Writing Assignments:
Poems: One sonnet a day, or seven sonnets per week. Remember your Frost: "Out of quantity, quality." (See timetable)
Notes: A one to three-page reflection on each week's reading and writing.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Additional Requirements:Students of all backgrounds are welcome in this course, but you should have taken at least one course in Creative Writing (Techniques, Workshops, or Special Topics, in any genre), OR have some other relevant background in creative writing. Students who haven't taken the prerequisite courses can request a prerequisite override for instructor approval. Please note that Professor John Murillo is the newly hired instructor for this course, but all pre-req override requests should be sent to the department chair, Stephanie Weiner, at email@example.com.
This course contributes to the Creative Writing concentration as a Special Topics course as well as the Theory & Literary Forms concentration of the English major.
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