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Arnold K Seong
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 class will consist of intensive study of various aspects of the craft of verse, including but not limited to image, narrative, syntax, sentence, line and sound. We will be reading a range of contemporary poetry - to inform our writing and understanding of some veins of contemporary poetry and supplementary texts from other disciplines, with the intent of bringing the decidedly "non-poetic" into our own poems as well as into our understanding of poems and poetic devices. Texts may include Palladium or Felt by Alice Fulton; Lord Brain by Bruce Beasley; Decreation by Anne Carson; Poets of the New Century, ed.s Weingarten and Higgerson; and readings in neuroscience or other disciplines. Though a large portion of the class will be workshop, our discussions and assignments will engage the rhetorical, the magical, the practical, and the empirical.

Texts: list to be posted at Open Books, and as provided by instructor.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Prerequisite: ENGL 283 and 284; majors following the pre-2005 major requirements who have not taken both prerequisites should see an English adviser in A-2-B PDL for assistance in registration.

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 Arnold K Seong
Date: 02/24/2008