ENGL289P - Why Poetry Matters
0101-0105 - Michael Olmert
A user's guide to everything to do with poems and poets. This course will mean the end of your fear of poetry or, conversely, the end of your way-too-pious attitude toward it. Students will discover how to break down and interpret and understand and then fall to pieces in the face of poems. The craft of poetry and the figures of speech used by great and inventive and difficult and easy poets will be covered, as will lyric and epic poems, the relationship between poetry and popular music and folk music, and between art and poetry. Students will also have a chance to recite and write poems. Typical poets covered will be Merle Collins, Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, Stevie Smith, Philip Larkin, W.H. Auden, Louis MacNiece, and John Betjeman, as will some "Greats" with names like Eliot, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Donne, Milton, Pope, Keats, Yeats, A.E. Housman, Thomas Hardy, Emily Dickinson, and Dorothy Parker, to name but a few. "We read the classics in order to know what to leave out!" There, you can have that for nothing, even before the class starts. . .