Advanced Creative Writing - Poetry
Course Number: WR 245
Transcript Title: Adv Creative Writing - 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
Extends the introduction to the craft of poetry in WR 242. Includes additional practice in writing poetry and critiquing work of peers in a workshop setting. Prerequisite: WR 242. Audit available.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Read a wide range of established poets from both the United States and other countries to learn techniques demonstrated in their work.
- Employ imagery, metaphor, line breaks, stanzas, alliteration, assonance, rhyme, and rhythm, in increasingly complex ways.
- Identify metrical patterns within a poem and write poems employing various forms, such as sonnets, villanelles, and sestinas.
- 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.
- 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.
- Recognize the poetics of established poets and reflect upon their own values to develop their own personal poetics
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment may include informal responses to study questions; evaluation of small- and full-group discussion; in-class and out-of-class writing; writing poems, as well as other types of more informal writing; presentation by individuals and groups; short and long quizzes; close reading exercises using support/evidence; writing exercises which include evaluation of various interpretations of a text and their relative validity.
May include student critiques of student work, in-class and out-of-class writing, close reading exercises, instructor conferences. 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
This course includes lecture, but consists mostly of round-table workshops in which student work will be evaluated by the entire class in a critique session led by the instructor. Students will come prepared to critique the work by responding to it during this discussion, as well as submitting written responses. Students will also read a variety of published poems and essays on producing poetry, and they will complete both in-class and out-of-class written exercises.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
During the term students generally write nine or ten short poems and perhaps keep a reading notebook based upon the reading for the course. A third of the course is typically taken up by discussion of reading and presentation and practice of techniques. The remaining two-thirds of class time is typically creative writing workshop, in which students in large or small groups learn to read aloud and constructively evaluate each other's poems. Some instructors require anonymity while others prefer that all poems be signed. Students typically workshop poems both orally and in writing. All out-of-class writing is generally typed. Other activities may include listening and/or viewing recordings of poets reading their work and/or talking about the practice of poetry, guest poet visits or field trips to readings. The instructor should spend approximately an hour of conference with each student outside of class.
- American idiom
- Anglo Saxon
- archaic diction
- blank verse
- concrete images
- confessional poetry
- cover letter
- end rhyme
- extended metaphor
- figurative language
- formal poetry
- free verse
- full rhyme
- internal rhyme
- lyric poetry
- multiple submissions
- narrative poetry
- negative capability
- objective correlative
- point of view
- pre and free writing
- slant rhyme
- turns and leaps