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Introduction to Writing Poetry (ENCW 2214)

Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3.00

Description: This course covers aspects of writing effective poetry. In addition to working on creative self-expression, you will develop the abilities, craft and discipline needed to produce quality poetry that allows you to reach an audience: training your poetic voice, developing a personal style, experimenting with structure, enhancing your descriptive skills, improving your command of language, and establishing techniques for revising. You will study various types of poetry: lyric, narrative, free and formal verse, surreal and collage forms. You will give and receive feedback in student workshops.

Topical Outline:

1. Poetry writing process and practice
2. Poetry writing activities, exercises, assignments
3. Poetry techniques and elements
4. Poetry forms
5. Reading & analyzing poems
6. Poetry’s function in the world and society

Learning Outcomes:
1. Write poems with more skill, effectiveness, creativity, and social awareness
2. Engage in a writing process through a series of steps: generating, drafting, revising, etc.
3. Understand and use a range of poetry techniques and elements (e.g. imagery, metaphor, lines & linebreaks, rhythm & meter)
4. Understand and use a range of poetry forms (e.g. sonnet, pantoum, ode, list poem), both traditional and contemporary, both Western and non-Western
5. Work collaboratively with other writers and contribute to a creative community, particularly through full class workshops and/or small group peer review
6. Read and analyze poems with more critical literacy skill, understanding their craft as well as their historical and social contexts (e.g. race, gender, class) 


ENGL 1110 or ENGA 1110.

MnTC: Goal 6