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Advanced Creative Writing - Poetry

Course Number: WR 245
Transcript Title: Adv Creative Writing - Poetry
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
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

Prerequisites

WR 242 or instructor permission

Course Description

Extends the introduction to the craft of poetry in WR 242. Focuses on writing poetry, as well as critiquing the work of others in a workshop setting. Introduces the techniques, structures, and styles of established writers. Prerequisite: WR 242 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Read a wide range of established poets from both the United States and other countries to learn techniques demonstrated in their work.
  2. Employ imagery, metaphor, line breaks, stanzas, alliteration, assonance, rhyme, and rhythm, in increasingly complex ways.
  3. Identify metrical patterns within a poem and write poems employing various forms, such as sonnets, villanelles, sestinas, and syllabics.
  4. Employ critical thinking and problem-solving techniques to critique others' poems constructively and use criticism of their own poetry and self-reflection to revise their own poems for publication.
  5. Engage in the local poetry scene, becoming familiar with poetry websites, poetry awards, live poetry readings, poetry workshops, and publication opportunities, and submit manuscripts for publication or performance.
  6. Study the poetics of established poets and reflect upon their own values to develop their own personal poetics.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The course grade is determined by appraisal of the student's poems and of the student's participation in and contribution to the workshop process. Regularity of attendance and meeting deadlines for poems are essential to this process and may figure into the final grade. Instructors who assign reading notebooks or written critique on student poems may wish to evaluate these for completeness and quality of attention. Attendance policies vary with instructors: students missing a week's worth of class may not expect an A; those missing two weeks' worth may not pass the course.

Course Activities and Design

Students write nine or ten short poems, conceived separately or as a collection, and perhaps keep a reading notebook based upon the readings for the course. These readings may consist of poems by established poets or essays about poetry drawn from one or more texts as the basis for discussion, reading aloud, or composition. A third of the course is typically taken up with such discussion of readings and presentation of techniques. The remaining two-thirds typically consist of the creative writing focus upon workshop, in which students in large or small groups learn to read aloud and constructively evaluate each other's poems, copies of which are provided to the class by the students. Some instructors require anonymity, while others prefer that all poems be signed. These critiques may be written or oral, or both. All out of class writing should be typed or keyboarded. The instructor should spend approximately an hour of conference with each student outside of class.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Abstract
  • Accent
  • Alliteration
  • Allusion
  • Ambiguity
  • Amphimacer
  • Anapest
  • Anglo-Saxon
  • Apostrophe
  • Archaic
  • Diction
  • Archetype
  • Assemblage
  • Association
  • Assonance
  • Aubade
  • Automatic writing
  • Avant-garde
  • Ballad
  • Ballade
  • Blank verse
  • Caesura
  • Catalogue poem
  • Chapbook
  • Cliché
  • Closure
  • Collaborative poem
  • Collage poem
  • Conceit
  • Concrete images
  • Concrete poem
  • Confessional poem
  • Connotation
  • Consonance
  • Consonant rhyme
  • Copyright
  • Couplet
  • Cover letter
  • Dactyl
  • Deep image
  • Denotation
  • Diction
  • Dramatic monologue
  • Dramatic verse elegy
  • Empathy
  • End rhyme
  • End-stopped line
  • End-word
  • Enjambment
  • Envoy
  • Ephemera
  • Epic
  • Epistolary
  • Poem
  • Ethnopoetics
  • Etymology
  • Euphony
  • Extended metaphor
  • Feet
  • Feminine rhyme (double rhyme)
  • Figure of speech
  • Foot
  • Form
  • Found poem
  • Free verse
  • Ghazal
  • Haiku
  • Hyperbole
  • Iamb
  • Iambic pentameter
  • Image
  • Internal rhyme
  • Inversion
  • Juxtaposition
  • Language poetry
  • Latinate
  • Light verse
  • Line break
  • Little magazines
  • Line
  • Lyric poetry
  • Manipulated poem
  • Masculine rhyme
  • Meditation
  • Metaphor
  • Meter
  • Metonymy
  • Modern poetry
  • Monologue
  • Motif
  • Multiple submissions
  • Mythopoeia
  • Narrative poetry
  • New formalism
  • Objective correlative
  • Off-rhyme
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Organic form
  • Parallelism
  • Parody
  • Pastoral
  • Pentameter
  • Performance poetry
  • Persona
  • Personification
  • Poem of address
  • Poetic diction
  • Poetics
  • Poetry
  • Poetry reading
  • Print poetry
  • Prose poem
  • Prosody
  • Pyrrhic
  • Quatrain
  • Repetend
  • Repetition
  • Rhyme scheme
  • Rhythm
  • Run-on lines
  • SASE
  • Scansion
  • Sense of place
  • Sense of play
  • Sentimentality
  • Sestina
  • Simile
  • Slam
  • Slant rhyme
  • Small press
  • Sonnet
  • Spoken word poetry
  • Spondee
  • Stanza
  • Stress
  • Surrealism
  • Syllabic verse
  • Symbolism
  • Synecdoche
  • Synesthesia
  • Tenor
  • Tercet
  • Tetrameter
  • Title
  • Tone
  • Traditional forms
  • Trimeter
  • Trochee
  • Vehicle
  • Verse
  • Villanelle
  • Voice
  • Writing workshop