A course for students who have had some experience writing poetry but who wish to improve the rhythm and expressiveness of their language, and who may want to see the things of this world in new relationships and, perhaps, with a broader vision. Students will be asked to write every week, and to discuss and critique the works of classmates and established poets. Texts will include Paul Fussell's "Poetic Meter and Poetic Form", "Contemporary American Poetry" (an anthology), and "Claims for Poetry", a collection of essays by poets on poetry and poetics. A final portfolio of revised poems will be required at the end of the course. Students interested in taking the class should submit three to five poems to Greg Djanikian.
Note: Students who wish to major in English with a concentration in Creative Writing should contact Greg Djanikian immediately (djanikia@english). This course may be used as the "gateway" to the Creative Writing concentration (students must receive an "A" here and then be admitted formally into the concentration). More information about the creative writing option is available in the English Web: look under "Undergraduate Program Information" or click on the "Requirements" button at the top of many "pages" in this Web.