English R1A

Reading and Composition: Five Ways of Looking at a Poem

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
2 Summer 2021 Swensen, Dana
TWTh 2:30 - 5 D


In this course we will move through and across the history of poetry, focusing on poems and poetry through a set of open categories: Character, Identity, Form, Community and Sound. These open categories will be the lenses through which we interpret a broad swath of poetry in English.  Beginning in the 21st century with the work of poets as distinct as Claudia Rankine, Will Harris and Bhanu Kapil, we will move back and forth in time. From the 21st to the 16th century, we’ll end in the Early Modern period with the sonnets of Thomas Wyatt.  This course will teach analytical writing, doing so through a broad variety of in-class and independent writing assignments. We will write three papers as we train our rhetorical skills and develop our ability to make complex arguments in discussion and on paper. 

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