1302 - Eng 302.001 L&L 247 2-3:40 T Th Joe Powell Office 416C L&L Phone 963-1535 Texts Poems Poets Poetry 2nd ed Helen Vendler Accent On Meter Powell

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Eng. 302.001 Joe Powell L&L 247 Office: 416C, L&L 2-3:40 T & Th Phone: 963-1535 Texts: Poems, Poets, Poetry, 2 nd ed. Helen Vendler Accent On Meter , Powell & Halperin Olives, A. E. Stallings Course Description : When we planned this course, we recognized that English majors have the most difficulty with poetry, and we needed to try to allow you access to this genre so that you wouldn’t miss out on “the best words used in the best order” (Coleridge). We were also concerned about your success in other courses that made assumptions about both your knowledge of and facility with poetry. Reading poetry is often difficult, but the best poetry amply rewards the energy you put into it. The “Poetry” part of the ti tle refers to the skill of reading poetry as well as some sense of the history of poetry--where it has been, how it has changed, where it seems to be going. The skill of reading poetry is best worked on by learning some “tools” for interpretation (vocabulary, reading strategies, the power and limits of ambiguity, etc.) and applying those tools to some poems. A brief study of the history of poetry will help clarify expectations and assumptions poets make about their poems and their readers. The “Poetics” part of the title refers to the elements of poetry, the behind-the-scenes tactics used by the poets to create meaning and patterns of sound. This will include a study of meter and form. By “meter” we mean the pattern of stressed and unstress ed syllables in a poem. By “form” we mean types of poems (sonnets, sestinas, villanelles, epics, ghazals, haiku, etc.), tone, and the “shape” of the poem. We will look at the ways form and meter affect how we read poems. “Poetics” also refers to more theoretical

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