English 143B

Verse


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2020 Shoptaw, John
MW 1:30-3 305 Wheeler

Description

In this course you will conduct a progressive series of explorations in which you will try some of the fundamental options for writing poetry today (or any day)--aperture and closure; rhythmic sound patterning; sentence and line; short and long-lined poems; image & figure; stanza; poetic forms; the first, second, and third person (persona, address, drama, narrative, description); prose poetry, and revision. Our emphasis will be on recent possibilities, both ethnically and poetically diverse, with an eye and ear to renovating traditions. We will also read a number of poems by graduates of my 143B sections who have gone on to publish books and win prizes. 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 four or five in rotation (I’ll also respond each week to every poem you write). On alternate days, we’ll discuss illustrative poems in our course reader. If the past is any guarantee, the course will be fun and will make you a better poet.

Only continuing, upper-division UC Berkeley students are eligible to apply for this course. To be considered for admission, please electronically submit 5 pages of your poems (any combination of long or short poems or fragments of poems, the total length not exceeding five pages), by clicking on the link below; fill out the application you'll find there and attach the writing sample as a Word document or .rtf file. The deadline for completing this application process is 11 PM, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31.

(To read about when and where the results of the applications will be posted, click here.)

Other Recent Sections of This Course

spring, 2020

143B/2

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Matuk, Farid
fall, 2019

143B/1

Verse

spring, 2019

143B/1

Verse

143B/2

Verse

143B/3

Verse

summer, 2019

143B/1

Verse

fall, 2018

143B/1

Verse

Nicholson, Sara

143B/2

Verse

spring, 2018

143B/1

Verse

143B/2

Verse

fall, 2017

143B/1

Verse

143B/2

Verse

143B/3

Verse

spring, 2017

143B/1

Verse

143B/2

Verse


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