Section 1: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:45 AM
Professor: Katy Didden
Advanced Poetry will begin with basic questions such as: What is poetry? How do we shape poems out of our emotions, ideas, and experiences? What is the use of poetic devices such as rhyme, meter, and figurative language? We will also work with a combination of assignments and exercises suitable for advanced writers that will help you develop an ear for rhyme and rhythm, build your vocabulary, and above all, learn how to read other writers with great attention. These assignments will introduce you to a variety of trends in contemporary poetry, but we will also trace these trends back to longstanding poetic traditions.
For the first half of the semester, our assignments will correspond to class readings (either from our textbook, or from any one of the contemporary collections we will be reading together). For the second half of the semester, you will have more autonomy, as you study the work of a model poet over the course of several weeks. In this “poetry apprenticeship,” you will engage in a deep dialogue with that poet, and immerse yourself in poetry techniques. Students will write several response papers, offer thorough critiques on the work of their peers, and submit a portfolio of poems this semester. Students will also give a presentation in which they introduce the work of their model poet to the class.