Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Brian R Christian
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


We're familiar (from 283) with the elements of craft that happen at the level of an individual line, or poem: image, metaphor, meter, sound, diction, syntax, register, form, and the like. But some of the most fascinating (and less easily named) things in poetry happen at the multi-poem level. We'll widen our zoom lens, as it were, and look at 20th and 21st Century poets who are doing some very interesting and curious things with series and sequences of poems; we'll attempt to inhabit their aesthetics by "forging" additional poems in the sequence (and trying to convince each other that they're genuine); and ultimately we'll conclude by writing a 9-page series/sequence of our own.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

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 Brian R Christian
Date: 11/10/2008