Introduction to Literature - Poetry
Course Number: ENG 106
Transcript Title: Intro to Literature - Poetry
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Enhances enjoyment of poetry, increases understanding of poetic elements, conventions and forms, and encourages exploration of the diversity of human experience. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Engage, through poetic texts, diverse points of view and diverse historical, cultural, and literary contexts.
- Analyze a variety of poetic forms, from sonnets to haiku to free verse, and identify and effectively employ poetic terms, including diction, sound, rhyme, rhythm, meter, imagery, symbolism, persona, etc.
- Explicate poems in writing and speech and provide adequate support/evidence for such explications.
- Recognize the multiple possibilities of interpretations of poems and the validity thereof.
- Articulate ways in which the text contributes to self-understanding.
- Conduct research to find materials to use for literary analysis, using MLA conventions to document primary and secondary sources in written response to a literary text.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment tools may include informal responses to study questions; evaluation of small- and full-group discussions; in-class and out-of-class writing; formal essays and other types of informal writing; individual and group presentations; essay exams; close reading exercises using support/evidence; writing exercises which include evaluation of various interpretations of a text and their relative validity. Both instructor and peer evaluation may be incorporated in the assessment process.
Course Activities and Design
Lecture; Discussion; Group Work; Student Presentation
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Concrete imagery
- Cultural applications
- Narrative poetry
- Epic poetry
- Folk ballads
- Literary ballads
- Free verse
- Figurative language
Competencies and Skills
- Close readings.
- Understanding poetry through historical, political, artistic, and critical contexts as well as employing the language of poetic convention.
- Writing about poetry.
- Critical reading using reviews and critical essays.
- Speaking and listening in a large group.
- Speaking and listening reflectively.
- Small group collaboration.
- Recognizing the difference between poetry and prose.