E 341L • Poetry Workshop-W
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
This class, in a workshop format, offers further experience in reading, writing, and revising poetry. There will be some assigned readings (mostly handouts of the work of contemporary poets, and some from poets of other times and cultures) and specific written exercises, as well as poems to be worked on independently, more or less at your own pace. 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 return it to the author. Keep the second copy in a file; you want to refer to it again. Keep all drafts of your own work done for this course. Submit ONLY poems written during this semester. 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 save or print out revisions so that you have more than one draft to hand in at the end of the semester. Also include any in-class written exercises (revised, and typed up) as well as all the signed feedback sheets you have received from others in the class. 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. Even if not designated for inclusion in the final MS, all work written for this course should be handed in as part of the final portfolio.
The quality of the written work (75% of grade), as well as effort, class participation, and attendance (25%), will determine the final grade. Make every effort to attend class regularly and promptly. More than three absences (unless excused by a doctor's note) may result in a reduction of your grade; more absences (even for P/F students) may well substantially reduce your grade. (You should take this attendance policy very seriously.) If you reach class late, you may be counted as absent. (I reserve some discretion in these matters.)