English 143B

Verse: Poetry in Practice and in Theory


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Fall 2009 Bouvier, Geoff
Bouvier, Geoff
W 3-6 305 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke; The Necessary Angel by Wallace Stevens; A Test of Poetry by Louis Zukovsky; The New Sentence by Ron Silliman; ABC of Reading by Ezra Pound

Description

Poets can’t just write their poetry. Ever since the beginnings of Western thought, poets have had to defend themselves and their art form, both explicitly and implicitly – yet almost always evasively. It was Plato, two millennia ago, who charged the poets, asking, “What do you contribute to the Republic, Poet?!” This class is designed for poets who wish to take up that charge and interrogate themselves and their art form, hopefully for the good of both. (Ah, the necessary poison that is “theory.”) What is poetry? And what isn’t it? When and how did it begin (long before Plato and “Western thought”)? And what are its traditions? And now, in the 21st century, where does poetry “need” to go? (In other words, what is the duty of the poet?) Also, what is a poem? (A very different kind of question.) And where did you get your ideas about what a poem is and can be? Class time will be divided between these philosophical discussions and the workshopping of the students’ own poems. Please note: this class will be supplemented by a literary salon (which is open to all) at the Josephine Miles House, one evening per week (dates and times T.B.D.).

To be considered for admission to this class, please submit 5 photocopied pages of your poems, along with an application form, to Professor Bouvier’s mailbox in 322 Wheeler, BY 4:00 P.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 21, AT THE LATEST.

Be sure to read the paragraph concerning creative writing courses on page 1 of this Announcement of Classes for further information regarding enrollment in such courses!

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