E 325 • Creative Writing: Poetry
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
This course will be conducted along the lines of a workshop, with emphasis on developing abilities in writing, revising, and analyzing poetry. The quality of the written work, as well as effort, active participation in class discussions, and attendance, will determine the final grade. There will be readings and written exercises assigned from the textbook Writing Poems (these should average 1-2 typewritten pages) as well as handouts of supplementary poems to be read and discussed. There will also be other assigned exercises and poems to be worked on, at your own pace, and handed in from time to time during the semester. All assignments, no matter how brief, must be typewritten.
Final manuscript is due on the last day of class. It should contain:
(1) A minimum of six substantial poems. These should be poems on which you have received feedback from the class &/or from me.
(2) All earlier drafts of the above poems (and also all drafts of poems written as in-class exercises).
(3) All assignments from Writing Poems. (4) The annotated copies of your work that you have received back from others in the class (and be sure to sign the comment sheets you prepare for others).
There will be no final exam, but there may be written quizzes on assigned readings (including vocabulary); memorization of poems; and written exercises in class.
Writing assignments 75%
Attendance and participation 25%
Writing Poems, by Wallace & Broissart (required)
(There may be another book assigned, later in the semester, as required reading.)