ENGL289P - Why Poetry Matters

Why does poetry matter? A wide-ranging course that introduces students to the formal fundamentals of poetry while exploring the role poetry plays in how we think about the human condition; what constitutes knowledge and wisdom, interior subjectivity and communal identity; and how this knowledge is to be used in confronting new challenges and the perennial questions: how to live with oneself, and as oneself; in time, and with others; here, where we reside; and elsewhere, where we imagine ourselves going.