E 318L • Creative Writing: Poetry
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
This course aims at exposing beginning poets to a wide range of possibilities in writing poetry. We will study issues of starting a poem, generating material for poetry, the nature of poetic writing, imagery, narrative, prosodic forms, rhythm, musicality, figurative language, and revision. The course will involve substantial writing exercises to cultivate the craft of writing poetry. We will read model poems that best represent the aspect of poetry we are studying at a particular time; you will write numerous exercises focusing on that aspect whether it is meter, imagery or narrative. The class will alternate between short lectures, in-class exercises and workshops where students will critique each other's work. You will provide copies of your own poems for your peers and the instructor.
All assignments will be graded. The instructor will provide continuous written and verbal feedback on the assignments. All work must be done to pass the course. Late work is not accepted.The breakdown of work is as follows:
Weekly assignments: You will turn in 2 pages of poetry on a weekly basis.
Journal: Your journal will include all the assigned exercises, other writing efforts on your own, responses to the assigned readings and your outside readings.
One Review Essay: You will write a four-page essay reviewing a recent book of poetry (no books before 1990).
Final Portfolio: The portfolio is a final selection of your best work, finished and revised to the best of your ability, 15 pages or 200 lines.
Attendance and participation 20%
Review Essay 15%
Final Journal 30%
Final Portfolio 35%
Writing Poems, 5th edition by Robert Wallace and Michelle Boisseau