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Creative Writing: Poetry

Course NumberENG 253
Credits3
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. A course in the writing of poetry. Students are encouraged to develop their own poetry writing skills and understanding. In addition to other classroom activities, there are discussions and writing assignments. The instructor may also choose to require analysis of published poetry and criticism. (45-0)


Outcomes and Objectives

Generate original poetry
Objectives:
  1. Write poems about a range of subject matter.
  2. Write poems using a variety of traditional, modern, and contemporary forms, e.g. free verse, sonnets, haiku, etc.
  3. Write poems using a variety of devices, e.g. metaphor/simile, imagery, rhyme and rhythm, etc.

Revise and edit original poems
Objectives:
  1. Rewrite poems effectively.
  2. Use the processes of revising and editing poetry, e.g. tightening, linebreaking, stanzas, etc. on self-created work as well as that of others.

Interact productively with instructor and classmates for the purpose of increasing poetry writing skills.
Objectives:
  1. Give and receive verbal and written responses to poetry.
  2. Explain verbally and in writing the concept that writing is both an individual and collaborative activity.

Read and understand a range of poetry, especially by contemporary poets.
Objectives:
  1. Identify various elements in particular poems, e.g. metaphor, rhyme, sound qualities, etc.
  2. Interpret individual poems verbally and in writing.
  3. Evaluate poems using both external and subjective standards.

Develop writing confidence.
Objectives:
  1. Generate and revise a body of work.
  2. Use verbal and written feedback constructively.
  3. Self-evaluate progress in attitudes toward poetry writing.




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