ENGH 391: Forms of Poetry

ENGH 391-001: Forms of Poetry
(Fall 2022)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW

Planetary Hall 124

Section Information for Fall 2022


To understand the art of poetry, one practices the process of writing. As Eavan Boland and Mark Strand note in their anthology, The Making of a Poem, this practice cannot help but be marked by “the poet’s interior conversation with a possessed and dispossessed formal past.” This semester we’ll combine a historical tour of the elements of poetic form with any number of contemporary innovations, all prodded by the understanding that form and meaning necessarily shift with time—from ancient accentual verse to poems written to highlight the “form” in performance, alike.  We’ll read, write a lot, learn to give one another meaningful feedback, and interact with living poets, as well.  

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Intensive study of and practice in formal elements of poetry through analyzing models and weekly writing assignments. Depending upon specific instructor, can cover rhyme, meter, rhythm, lineation, stanza pattern, traditional and experimental forms, free verse and open-form composition, lyric, narrative, and dramatic modes. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGH 396.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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