Jeanne D. Heuving
Study of how poetic meanings are formed and interpreted. Explores different forms of poetry within diverse cultures and historical times.
Students will learn to listen to and to respond to poetry. By the end of the course, students should have many ways of approaching the art that depends entirely on words. Excellent preparation for BIS 310 Creative Writing: Poetry taught by the same instructor Spring 2007.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
We will focus on different poets which will likely include Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Alan Ginsberg, Langston Hughes, Harryette Mullen, Lyn Hejinian, and Charles Bernstein. Students will have an opportunity to do a few poetry experiments to enhance their understanding of poetry. We will engage in careful and inspired reading, acute and open listening, and thoughtful and adventurous investigation of poets and poetry.
Students should be prepared to spend considerable time exploring and discussing small pieces of writing. Previous courses in literature, art, and music are all excellent preparation.
Class assignments and grading
Several short interpretative essays of individual poems; a few poetry experiments; and take home exam. Students may be asked to participate on a panel.
Interpretative essays will count about 1/3 of grade; take home exam will count 1/3 of grade; and poetry experiments and participation will count 1/3 of grade.