An intermediate workshop class in the writing of poetry. Prerequisite: ENGL 207.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered every three semesters.
Most current editions of the following:
A text on the craft of poetry, such as the following along with three to five contemporary poetry collections by multiple authors.
The Poet's Companion
By Kim Addonizioand Dorianne Laux Recommended
In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop
By Steve Kowit Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate the craft of poetry writing in multiple forms.
Revise original poetry using feedback from instructor and peers.
Analyze poetry by peer and professional writers, paying special attention to elements of craft and genre.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Students should write at least six poems and should workshop at least three of these.
Students should be instructed in, and use, the terminology of the craft of poetry writing.
Students should read and analyze multiple works by professional contemporary poets.
Students should practice the conventions of creative writing workshops by participating in at least three workshop sessions.
Students should write responses to workshop pieces in preparation for workshop and should participate actively in the workshop process. Instructors should collect written workshop responses over the course of the semester and assign a grade to them. In addition, instructors may be asked to collect data on workshop responses for assessment purposes.
Traditional literary and craft instruction in the course should include and reinforce the following topics:
The line: why and where to break it, and the effects of varying line lengths
Imagery and significant detail
Figurative language: simile and metaphor
Persona poems: constructing the first person voice
Rhythm and repetition
Devices of sound such as internal and end rhyme, meter, alliteration, consonance and assonance
Experimental forms involving juxtaposition and fragmentation
Finding influence in the work of other poets
Writing exercises to spur poetry writing
Revision with an emphasis on development
After the midpoint of the semester, students should write a short paper requiring them to analyze a piece of professional poetry in regard to the craft and genre elements employed. More such assignments may be required at other points during the term, if the instructor so desires. Data from this literary analysis may be collected for assessment purposes.
The culminating assignment in the course is the production of a final portfolio of at least four revised poems. This portfolio should include a written reflection on the revisions that the student has made in response to peer and instructor feedback. Data from this assignment may be collected for assessment purposes.
Students should present their work to the class in a manner (such as an oral presentation) appropriate to the venue in which the course is taught.
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: 15
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.