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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 211
Course Title: Introduction to Poetry
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

An introduction to the elements of poetry. G.E. Prerequisite: ENGL 112.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisite: ENGL 112.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Occasional offering.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

A textbook including an anthology, such as one of the recommended texts below:


Poetry: An Introduction
By Meyer, Michael, ed. (Bedford)
Poems, Poets, Poetry
By Ed. Vendler, Helen (Bedford)
The Norton Introduction to Poetry
By Eds. Booth, Alison et. al (Norton)
Western Wind: An Inroduction to Poetry
By Eds. Mason, David and Nims, John Frederick (McGraw Hill)
One or two well-known, single-author collections of poetry

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify the generic elements of poetry.
  2. Write argumentative analyses of poems.
  3. Explain poetry originating in different literary periods.
  4. Analyze poetry written by a variety of authors and in a variety of forms.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Departmental policy requires a minimum of 3000 words (about 12 pages) of graded student writing for this course, to include argumentative analysis essays.
  • Overview of the elements of poetry: speaker, setting and situation, diction (word choice, word order, and tone), images, figures of speech, symbol, allegory, irony, sounds, rhyme, meters, poetic forms, free verse, and others
  • ? variety of works by a diverse range of poets
  • Innovations of modernist poetry and free verse, in comparison with nineteenth century poetry and poetry from at least one other previous century
  • Short poetic forms, which may include fragment, epigram, lyric, elegy, and ode; textual analysis stressing the elements essential to these forms
  • Longer poetic forms, which may include meditations, sequences, and the epic; textual analysis stressing the elements essential to these forms
  • The poetry collection
  • Discussion of and/or assignments relating to the oral presentation of poetry
  • In-class exams, including a midterm and final that assess course learning objectives 1, 3, and 4.
  • Instructors may be asked to collect information from the assignments specified in the Major Topics/Skills section. This information will be provided to the English program for evaluation.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Peter Monacell Date: November 29, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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