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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Spring 2009


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41430 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
UTC 3.120

Course Description

This introduction to poetry examines classic poems from around the world. The course has two aims: first, to familiarize students with the great variety in poetic expression; and second, to come to a definition of poetry on the basis of poems studied. In both regards, the course seeks also to show how accessible and enjoyable poetry cna be if readers approach it on its own terms.

Grading Policy

Class participation 10%, Four essays five to six pgs/each on assigned readings (40% - 10% each) Final exam 50% Literature students write essays which deal with literary critical issues, while area studies students and students in other fileds can write on cultural issues.


Course packet of photocopies materials called "Classics of World Poetry" Thomas Arp's Perrine's Sound and Sense (9th edition) T.S.Elliot's The Waste Land and other poems: Centenary edition T.S.Elliot's Four Quartets: Centenary edition Edward Fitzgerald's The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (Dover edition) Robert Fitzgerald's translation of Aeneid by Virgil Shakespeare's Julius Caesar


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