English 143B

Verse


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2022 Shoptaw, John
MW 2-3:30 Wheeler 305

Other Readings and Media

A course reader will be available from Krishna Copy (University Ave & Milvia).

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 (verse); short and long-lined poems; image & figure; stanza; poetic forms; the first, second, and third person (persona, address, drama, narrative, description); and prose poetry. Our emphasis will be on recent possibilities, 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.  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 culturally and poetically diverse course reader. If the past is any guarantee, the course will be fun and will make you a better poet.

TO APPLY, ATTACH YOUR WRITING SAMPLE BELOW.  PLEASE SEND ME FIVE PAGES OF FIVE OR MORE POEMS.  

Other Recent Sections of This Course

fall, 2022

143B/1

Verse

143B/2

Verse

Holiday, Harmony
spring, 2022

143B/2

Verse

Solie, Karen
fall, 2021

143B/1

Verse

143B/2

Verse

spring, 2021

143B/1

Verse

143B/2

Verse: The Migratory Ear: Listening as a Generative Strategy

fall, 2020

143B/1

Verse

spring, 2020

143B/1

Verse

143B/2

Verse

Matuk, Farid

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