603-102-MQ, Poetry and the Human Experience
From the dawn of civilization up until the past century or so, poetry was a popular art form attributed with a unique power to represent human experience; nowadays, however, it is widely considered frustrating, unnecessarily difficult, or irrelevant. In this course, we値l look at how and why this perception has come about. In reading major works across all eras (but with a focus on contemporary and modern poetry), we値l allow ourselves to poke some fun at poets and critics who seem to take themselves too seriously. We値l join the conversation by reading and responding to literature and literary criticism; we値l even try our hand at writing poetry. The goal of this course will be to strip away some of the preconceptions that often go along with poetry and hopefully begin to read it預nd write it庸or pleasure. As for the more technical aims of the course, we will learn to analyze and evaluate elements of poetry such as meter, rhyme, tone, symbolism, imagery and metaphor; we値l cover a number of poetic forms such as the sonnet, epic, elegy, free verse and others. We値l also focus on how important context (social, artistic and critical) can be to reading and writing poetry.