Poetry Writing

Bethany Goch, Poetry Writing, Spring 2018

Course Description:

Through writing exercises, close and extensive reading of modern and contemporary poetry, and intense revision of their own poetry, students will be introduced to the forms, elements, and techniques of poetry writing.

What is a poem? Emily Dickinson famously wrote “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” What is the purpose of a poem? William Carlos Williams said in a poem, “It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there.” Is poetry important? Is there a role for poets and poetry in the year 2018? In this course, you will ask and attempt to answer these questions as you read and discuss poetry and begin writing your own original poems.

You will be asked to read and write every class, respond to the work of published authors as well as your peers, think critically about the formal components poems, thoughtfully draft and revise your own work, and, most importantly, think of yourself as a writer.

Text:

A Poetry Handbook: A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry by Mary Oliver

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Eric C. Schwerer, Poetry Writing, Spring 2016

Course Description

Through writing exercises, close and extensive reading of modern and contemporary poetry, and intense revision of their own poetry, students will be introduced to the forms, elements, and techniques of poetry writing. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

A Poetry Handbook, Mary Oliver

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Eric C. Schwerer, Poetry Writing, Fall 2015

Course Description

Through writing exercises, close and extensive reading of modern and contemporary poetry, and intense revision of their own poetry, students will be introduced to the forms, elements, and techniques of poetry writing. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

A Poetry Handbook, Mary Oliver

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Eric C. Schwerer, Poetry Writing, Spring 2011

Course Description

Through writing exercises, close and extensive reading of modern and contemporary poetry, and intense revision of their own poetry, students will be introduced to the forms, elements, and techniques of poetry writing. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-A Poetry Handbook, Mary Oliver
-Becoming Ebony, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley
-Where The Road Turns, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

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Eric C. Schwerer, Poetry Writing, Fall 2013

Course Description

Through writing exercises, close and extensive reading of modern and contemporary poetry, and intense revision of their own poetry, students will be introduced to the forms, elements, and techniques of poetry writing. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

• A Poetry Handbook, Mary Oliver
• The Best American Poetry 2012, Mark Doty, editor
• an active @pitt.edu email account that you monitor regularly
• a notebook for lecture notes and to use as a creative space to draft poems as well as a reflective/scholarly space to process our required readings as you prepare for class discussion

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Eric C. Schwerer, Poetry Writing, Spring 2014

Course Description:

Through writing exercises, close and extensive reading of modern and contemporary poetry, and intense revision of their own poetry, students will be introduced to the forms, elements, and techniques of poetry writing. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

A Poetry Handbook, Mary Oliver

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