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Unformatted text preview: English 299 (Lecture Course) 11-12:30 THH 116 Professor Susan McCabe [email protected] Office Hours: 3-4 T Discussion Sections 2-2:50 T GFS 205 1-1:50 W VKC 255 [enroll in one] Amaranth Borsuk [email protected] Teaching Assistant Office Hours: 12:45-1:45 T; 11:45-12:45 W Introduction to the Genre of Poetry: From Shakespeare to Hip Hop Description: This course is designed to train students in the close reading of poems and in the understanding of genre as an aesthetic, aural and historical phenomenon. It aims to introduce students to poetry’s multiple forms and traditions. We will listen to recordings as well as have in-class readings of the poems under discussion. The course format combines lecture and discussion, including breakout sessions of exercises and craft workshops that will prepare students for the major, whether or not they specialize in poetry, creative writing or English more broadly. We will cover a range of texts, from Shakespeare through Romantic poetry to the present, including contemporary multicultural and popular forms. We will examine the crossover between lyric poetry and more popular forms, including the use of poems in DJ sampling. The class is ambitious and will try to be semi-comprehensive, but we cannot hope to cover all materials, even those required in your reading. It is absolutely necessary that you attend both lecture and discussion sections, given they reinforce one another, and different requirements are fulfilled by each. It is also necessary to read all materials before the class they are assigned (except the first day of course). In fact, the course relies upon you reading the poems repeatedly and actively in order to follow lectures and to contribute. Required Texts: Helen Vendler, The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets ; Belknap Press (Harvard) 1 Paul Fussell, Poetic Meter & Poetic Form; McGraw Hill O'Clair, Ramazani, Ellman, editors The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry (2 VOLUMES PACKAGE; 3RD EDITION) Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky) Rhythm Science , MIT Press In addition, there will be handouts of poems not in anthologies as well as sound recordings played in class. Also note that there will be “recommended” essays by poets but not required readings throughout. These may help you to think through some of the different notions of poetics being developed....
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