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Poetry and Poetics

ENGL 069.001
instructor(s):
TR 10:30-12:00pm
fulfills requirements:
Sector 1: Theory and Poetics of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major

This course will examine two lyric forms imported into English: the sonnet, an Italian form introduced into early modern England, and the haiku, a Japanese form first published in English in early twentieth-century America. Our readings will trace the careers of these two wildly popular and persistent forms, from their first renderings into English all the way to the present. We will consider the conventions built into these forms and the extraordinary range of voices they accommodate.

Course requirements: response papers and short essays—as well as one sonnet-turned-haiku (or haiku-turned-sonnet).