English 143B

Verse: How to Write Lyric Poems


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Spring 2009 Shoptaw, John
Shoptaw, John
TTh 9:30-11 301 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Recommended Texts:  The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, 3rd ed.; The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry , 3rd ed.,\r

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; relations between the sentence and line of verse; image & figure; shortlined and longlined free verse; stanza; graphics and poetic space; poetic forms (villanelle, sestina, pantoum, ghazal, prose poem, etc.); the first, second, third  personas (speaker and poet, addressee and reader; apostrophe and drama; narrative and description); and cultural translation.  Our emphasis will be placed on recent poets, with an eye & ear always to renovating traditions.  You will write a poem a week, and we'll discuss several in class; on alternate days, we'll discuss examples drawn from a course reader.  It will be delightful.

To be considered for admission to this class, please submit 5 photocopied pages of your poems, along with an application form, to Professor Shoptaw's mailbox in 322 Wheeler, BY 4:00 p.m., TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, AT THE LATEST.

Be sure to read the paragraph concerning creative writing courses on page 2 of this Announcement of Classes for further information regarding enrollment in such courses!  

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