E 341L • Poetry Workshop
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
This class, in a workshop format, offers further experience in reading, writing, and revising poetry.
Your written work will be used in class discussion, and you must provide two copies of poems to be discussed for each person in the class. Write suggestions for revision on one copy (include your name), and pass it back to the author. Keep the second copy in case you want to refer to it again. Keep all drafts of your own work.
A final manuscript (a minimum of 8 poems, including all rewrites) will be due before the last class (Exact date TBA). If you write first drafts on the computer, periodically print out revisions so that you have more than one draft to hand in. Also include any in-class written exercises (revised, and typed up) as well as all the signed feedback sheets you have received. I will take into account the effort you make in critiquing the poems of others as well as the revisions you do of your own work. In-class or at-home exercises may be revised and included in your manuscript of 8 poems.
If you miss a class, you should learn, from another member of the class, what the upcoming assignment is, and read/hand it in on time. A list of the names/e-mail addresses/telephone numbers of those in the class will be distributed.
More than three absences (unless excused by a doctor's note) may result in a reduction of your grade.
The quality of the written work 75%
Effort, class participation, and attendance 25%
There will be assigned readings (mostly handouts of the work of contemporary poets, and some from poets of other times and cultures).