English 43B

Lower Division Coursework: Introduction to the Writing of Verse

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2005 O'Brien, Geoffrey G.
O'Brien, Geoffrey
Thurs. 3:30-6:30 305 Wheeler

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"Gioia, Mason, Schoerke, eds.: Twentieth-Century American Poetics: Poets on the Art of Poetry; a reader containing further essays and poems.

Note: The required text will be available only through Cody's Books (www.codysbooks.org)

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The purpose of this class will be to produce a mobile, surprising, unfinished language in which to treat poetry. Writing poems will be a part of this task, but only a part. There will also be a modest amount of critical writing and reading, short written commentaries on other students' work, and a review of a poetry reading; these efforts will all be gathered in a final portfolio of revised work to be handed in at semester's end. In addition to regular discussion, class participation will include memorization and recitation of other writers' poems.

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