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Aaron C Barrell
ENGL 383
Seattle Campus

The Craft of Verse

Intensive study of various aspects of the craft verse. Readings in contemporary verse and writing using emulation and imitation. Prerequisite: ENGL 283; ENGL 284.

Class description

This course is designed to give you the opportunity to develop as writers through the long-established practices of emulation and imitation. Writing doesn’t have to be a solitary endeavor. What would Melville’s Moby Dick be without his barnyard salons with Nathaniel Hawthorne? T.S. Eliot’s Wasteland without the hand of Ezra Pound? As writers, we share ideas and material with one another – and are challenged to produce work we might not have, alone. In this class we’ll use a range of techniques to explore the potential of the collaborative process, and generate some surprising writing of our own. Our objects for study and imitation will be poems that have been written collaboratively or whose authors have been motivated or influenced somehow by the spirit of collaboration, and our methods will often be collaborative in nature.

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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 Aaron C Barrell
Date: 03/02/2010