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Introduction to Writing Poetry (ENCW 2214)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course covers aspects of writing effective poetry. In addition to working on creative self-expression, you will develop the abilities, craft and discipline needed to produce quality poetry that allows you to reach an audience: training your poetic voice, developing a personal style, experimenting with structure, enhancing your descriptive skills, improving your command of language, and establishing techniques for revising. You will study various types of poetry: lyric, narrative, free and formal verse, surreal and collage forms. You will give and receive feedback in student workshops.

Topical Outline:
1. Poetry writing process and practice
2. Poetry writing activities, exercises, assignments
3. Poetry techniques and elements
4. Poetry forms
5. Reading & analyzing poems
6. Poetry’s function in the world and society

Learning Outcomes:
1. Write poems with more skill, effectiveness, creativity, and social awareness
2. Engage in a writing process through a series of steps: generating, drafting, revising, etc.
3. Understand and use a range of poetry techniques and elements (e.g. imagery, metaphor, lines & line breaks, rhythm & meter)
4. Understand and use a range of poetry forms (e.g. sonnet, pantoum, ode, list poem), both traditional and contemporary, both Western and non-Western
5. Work collaboratively with other writers and contribute to a creative community, particularly through full class workshops and/or small group peer review
6. Read and analyze poems with more critical literacy skill, understanding their craft as well as their historical and social contexts (e.g. race, gender, class)

Prerequisites:  ENGL 1110 or ENGA 1110

MnTC: Goal 6