ENGL788 - Studies in Poetic Form Form and Theory in Poetry

This course will consist of the composition of a single sequence poem (or a single poem in parts) of 200 to 300 lines.  Class meetings will be devoted, by and large, to examples by poets ranging from Wordsworth and Shelley to Tennyson to the Moderns (Eliot, Stevens, HD., Williams) to post-Moderns such as Robert Lowell and Theodore Roethke to more contemporary figures such as W.S. Mewwin, Galway Kinnell, and Adrienne Rich to recent poets such as Robert Pinsky, Anne Carson, and Louise Gluck.  A draft of half the poem will be auditioned in class at mind-term.  A final draft of the whole poem will be presented in class during the last two meetings.  Outside texts of example poems provided.