English 26

Introduction to the Study of Poetry

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2021 Schweik, Susan
MW 5-6:30

Book List

Recommended: Rankine, Claudia: Just Us: An American Conversation; Sharif, Solmaz: Look: Poems

Other Readings and Media

A course reader


In this course we’ll read poems together, intensively, across a long historical span, a variety of contexts (cultural, philosophical, political), and a wide range of modes, forms, genres, styles and techniques. We’ll respond to poems, analyze them, listen to them and write about them; there will be opportunities to play with translating, editing, and visually presenting them, as well as with writing and performing them. Requirements: Short analytic and creative written exercises due in every class period; one short (5 pp) and one longer (8-10 pp) paper; a final exam.

This is a reading- and discussion-intensive course designed for prospective majors and transfer students looking to understand poetry and learn how to write about it critically. It will be taught synchronously; please contact the instructor if you need an asynchronous option.

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