English 143B

Upper Division Coursework: Verse


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Fall 2005 Shoptaw, John
Shoptaw, John
TTh 2-3:30 301 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Jahan Ramazani, ed.: The Norton Anthology of Modern & Contemporary Poetry, 2 vols.; Course reader

Description

"In this course you will conduct a progressive series of experiments in which you will explore the fundamental options for writing poetry today--aperture, partition, closure; rhythmic sound patterning; sentence & line; stanza; short & long-lined poems; image & figure; graphics & textual space; cultural translation; poetic forms (haibun, villanelle, sestina, pantoum, ghazal, etc.); the first, second, third, and no person (persona, address, drama, narrative, description); prose poetry. Our emphasis will be placed on recent possibilities, but with an eye & ear always to renovating traditions. I have no ""house style"" and only one precept: you can do anything, if you can do it. You will write a poem a week, and we'll discuss six or so in rotation (I'll respond to every poem you write). On alternate days, we'll discuss pre-modern and modern exemplary poems drawn from the Norton Anthology and from our course reader. It will be delightful. "

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fall, 2020

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spring, 2020

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Matuk, Farid
fall, 2019

143B/1

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spring, 2019

143B/1

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summer, 2019

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