Purposes & Objectives
The purpose of this course is to increase your ability to analyze poetry and improve your writing skills at the same time. The objectives in teaching this awareness are as follows:
1. To focus on individual techniques used in poetry (such as connotation, denotation, simile, metaphor, symbol, allegory, irony, satire, paradox, and allusion) and enable you to write clear definition papers that define such terms and show how they are used by specific poets to create a poem’s meaning.
2. To teach the terminology specific to poetry that enables a person to describe a poem’s melody sounds, rhythm, rhyme, and specific format (if one is used.)
3. To introduce you to a variety of poets representing different eras, approaches, and styles.
4. To bring in live poets who are published and have them read some of their work to you and answer your questions about the way they work and create.
5. To show how poetry as an art form can be seen from many different perspectives and how widening your perspectives can enable you to enjoy or to at least understand poetry that otherwise might have seemed strange or unintelligble.
Your goals in this class are:
1. To be able to convey your ideas about what you read and interpret in clear, concise, well organized writing.
2. To be able to correctly use poetic terminology to analyze the techniques you describe.
3. To be able to correctly document your writing as needed.
4. To be able to edit your writing for correct mechanics and use an awareness of stylistic techniques like paralellism, active voice, sharpening, and tightening to make your writing more effective.
5. To be able to work cooperatively and productively in a writing group to increase your ability to give and receive constructive feedback on your own and others’ writing.
6. To show commitment to a learning community endeavor by being present, prepared, and willing to contribute your ideas.