ENGL 216

Poetry Workshop: Form, Function, and Meaning

Prerequisite: ENGL 106. The poem is a combination of music and meaning, with each element guided by form or structure. This course will teach rhyme, meter, a variety of forms, and free verse strategies. What elements of form can amplify meaning? How can free verse avoid arbitrary lineation? Students will read, write, and peer-critique poems in a variety of traditions. Readings will include selections from the “Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry” and Paul Fussell’s “Poetic Meter and Poetic Form.” Offered alternate years. III.W, V.6b