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Gregory Daniel Laynor
ENGL 243
Seattle Campus

Reading Poetry

Critical interpretation and meaning in poems, representing a variety of types and periods.

Class description

In this course, we will be learning ways of describing the structures of different kinds of poetry as we look at how poets from a variety of times and places have thought and re-thought the art of poetry. In addition to reading poems, we will be reading essays, letters, and other writings about poetry from poets such as Aime Cesaire, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Federico Garcia Lorca, Marianne Moore, Gertrude Stein, and William Wordsworth.

As part of a “W" course, you will be writing and revising two papers of approximately 5-pages each. Shorter in-class writing assignments and homework writing assignments will provide opportunities with which to develop the two papers. Classes will include lectures from the instructor as well as discussions generated from your writing. Over the quarter, there will also be several short exams on key terms and concepts presented in the assigned readings and discussed in class.

Required Books:

Jeffrey Wainwright, Poetry: The Basics, 2nd edition, Routledge, 2011, 9780415566162

Melissa Kwasny, editor, Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry, 1800-1950, Wesleyan University Press, 2004, 9780819566072

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General method of instruction

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Class assignments and grading

As a "W" course, the course requires writing and revising two papers of approximately 5-pages each.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Gregory Daniel Laynor
Date: 01/26/2014