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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 315
Course Title: Intermediate Creative Writing III -- Poetry
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

An intermediate workshop class in the writing of poetry, including criticism of student and professional work.  Prerequisite: ENGL 207.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

ENGL 207

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered every third semester.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Many texts are available for this course.  The instructor might choose individual poems or collections of poems by one or multiple authors to supplement readings. Use of a craftbased text as well, like The Poet's Companion by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux is highly recommended. There are several online resources that provide poems like, and

The Poet's Companion
By Kim Addonizioand Dorianne Laux
Course Objectives
  • To analyze a selection of peer work in the context of creative writing for submission/review.
  • To review and demonstrate control of the craft of poetry in at least six forms (one of which must be the sonnet).
  • To demonstrate knowledge of magazine submission policy and procedure.
  • To master the process of choosing and limiting topics for writing.
Measurable Learning
  • Recognize and use the terminology of poetry and criticism in critiquing workshop submissions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of poetry and master provided exercises.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current poetry publications.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of critical revision strategies.
  • Identify current trends in literary poetry.


Topical Outline:
  • Through composition of at least 6 formal poems (with multiple drafts for each) and 10-20 pages of critical writing, students will successfully demonstrate knowledge of and capability of using the following tools through in-class work and written assignments:
  • The line: why and where to break it, and the effects of varying lines' lengths
  • Imagery and significant detail: a poet's appeals to the five senses
  • Figuritive language: simile and metaphor
  • Persona poems: constructing the first person voice
  • Rhythm and meter
  • Repetition and repetend
  • Alliteration, consonance and assonance
  • Internal and end-line rhyme
  • Theme
  • Revision with an emphasis on rewriting
Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Christina Ingoglia Date: May 8, 2014
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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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