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Poetry and Poetics

ENGL 270.301
TR 12-1:30

This is a course for people who have a serious interest in poetry. It is not a workshop course, but a course in poetics. We will conduct a rapid survey of the various models for poetry from Homer and pre-literate societies through the Greeks and Romans (Aristotle, Longinus, Horace, etc); Dante and the birth of the vernacular; the Elizabethans; Augustans; Romantics; down through various modernist revolutions and reactions, on to some of the controversies that enliven the present. The idea is to give you the beginnings of a detailed map of what poetry has been.

Requirements: quite a bit of reading, both prose about poetry and a wide range of poems; creative assignments based on specific poems, expository papers.