CW: Poetry Syllabus

(This syllabus is subject to in-class changes based on our workload, the semester, etc. This syllabus is a very sturdy skeleton, but it is only a skeleton.)

Due every Monday: A new poem, preferably one that explores the elements of poetry that we have been discussing in class – For Revision work, you also have to fill out THIS PAGE

Due Every Wednesday: A full annotation of the poem(s) listed on this syllabus. you will usually receive these poems in class, but in the event that you do not, all of these poems are easily available online, and it is my expectation that you find them.

WEEK ONE – Poetry Skills, Show Don’t Tell, TPCASTT
Important Link: Click this link for a description of TPCASTT (how to annotate a poem)
TPCASTT Practice Poem (in class) A Barred Owl by Richard Wilbur
Read & Respond: Excerpt from Can Poetry Matter? (an essay) by Dana Gioia
Thursday Workshop: N/A

WEEK TWO – The Poetic Eye
Read & Respond: Argument in a Restaurant by Chelsea Rathburn, The Pylons by Stephen Spender
Thursday Workshop: Group 1

WEEK THREE – Ekphrasis
Read & Respond: Musee Des Beaux Arts by W.H. Auden, Nude Descending a Staircase by X.J. Kennedy
Thursday Workshop: Group 2

WEEK FOUR – Poems With Characters?
Read & Respond: Mr. Flood’s Party by A.E. Housman, Next Day by Randell Jarrell
Thursday Workshop: Group 1

WEEK FIVE – What makes a poem?
Read & Respond: The Colonel by Carolyn Forché, In a Station of the Metro by Ezra Pound, This is Just to Say by W.C. Williams
Thursday Workshop: Group 2

WEEK SIX – Meter Boot Camp (part 1)
Read & Respond: Springboard by Louis MacNeice, When You Are Old by W.B. Yeats, A Poison Tree by William Blake
Thursday Workshop: Group 1

WEEK SEVEN – Meter Boot Camp (part 2)
Read & Respond: An Arundel Tomb by Philip Larkin
Thursday Workshop: Group 2

WEEK EIGHT – Short Forms: Limericks, Clerihews, Double Dactyls (practice w/ meter)
Read & Respond: Assorted Short Poems
Thursday Workshop: Group 1

WEEK NINE – Sonnets (week 1)
Read & Respond: The Skimming Stone by Timothy Steele, Archaic Torso of Apollo by Rainer Maria Rilke, Design by Robert Frost
Thursday Workshop: Group 2

WEEK TEN – Sonnets (week 2) and How to Submit Your Poems
Read & Respond: I Shall Forget You Presently, My Dear by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Fear of Happiness by A. E. Stallings, Selling My Father’s Music by Allison Joseph
Thursday Workshop: Group 1

WEEK ELEVEN – The Bop & the Villanelle
Read & Respond: Haunting by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas, Three Six Five Zero by Conor O’Callaghan
Thursday Workshop: Group 2

WEEK TWELVE – Anglo Saxon Verse
Read & Respond: The Dream of the Rood – author unknown, Continuous Gestation by Donald Mace Williams
Thursday Workshop: Group 1

WEEK THIRTEEN – Dying Genres of Poetry
Read & Respond: Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins, Engineers’ Corner by Wendy Cope, In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markiewicz by W.B. Yeats
Thursday Workshop: Group 2

WEEK FOURTEEN – Narrative Verse
Read & Respond: An excerpt from Heart’s Needle by W. D. Snodgrass, AND MORE!
Thursday Workshop: Group 1

WEEK FIFTEEN – Free Verse (Free at last!)
Read & Respond: First Exercise by Michael Ryan, Naming of Horses by Donald Hall
Thursday Workshop: Group 2

WEEK SIXTEEN – Free Verse, part 2
Read & Respond: The Bee by James Dickey, Another Feeling by Ruth Stone
Thursday Workshop: Group 1

WEEK SEVENTEEN – Free Verse, part 3
Read & Respond: [Recent Collab Poems]
Thursday Workshop: Group 2

Read & Respond: N/A
Thursday Workshop: N/A


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