Introduction to Poetry

Introduction to close reading of poetry through a wide range of poems. Students will learn the terminology and techniques used to analyze poetry and employ these in readings of poems, and will become familiar with a variety of poetic forms and traditions. Meets the Critical Learning: AIM requirement.

Degree requirement — Critical Learning: AIM

1 unit — Goldberg, Lo, Marshall

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Introduction to Poetry is about learning to read poems and to write about them intelligently and elegantly. Studying a range of poems from the Middle Ages to the present, we will explore the elements of poetic expression--meter, sound, metaphor, etc.--to become skillful readers.
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This Introduction to Poetry course is about learning to read poems and to write about them intelligently and elegantly. To combine the study of poetry with a focus on writing makes tremendous sense, since both enterprises involve attention to the many ways in which language can work in the service of emotions and ideas. Studying a range of poems from the Middle Ages to the present, we will explore the elements of poetic expression--sound, meter, image, metaphor, form, etc.--to become skillful readers. And with the luxury of a small class (twelve students) we can focus on critiques and revision to produce polished final papers.

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Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Fall 2021 Block 1 Introduction to Poetry Genevieve Love Armstrong Hall 231 25 / 2 05/15/2022
Fall 2021 Block 4 Introduction to Poetry Aline Lo Armstrong Hall 257A 25 / 1 05/15/2022
Spring 2022 Block 5 Introduction to Poetry Sylvan Goldberg Armstrong Hall 234 25 / 1 05/15/2022
Spring 2022 Block 6 Introduction to Poetry Jared Richman Tutt Library 105 25 / 0 05/15/2022
Fall 2022 Block 2 Introduction to Poetry TBA 25 / 5 05/15/2022
Fall 2022 Block 4 Introduction to Poetry Aline Lo TBA 25 / 18 05/15/2022
Spring 2023 Block 7 Introduction to Poetry Sylvan Goldberg TBA 25 / 25 05/15/2022
Spring 2023 Block 8 Introduction to Poetry Nate Marshall TBA 25 / 25 05/15/2022
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