Faculty of Arts


ENGLISH 343

Writing Poetry


Description

This course is for upper-level undergraduates who want to expand their poetry styles and ideas, write material-toward-poetry as well as "finished" poems and develop a reading community in which we attend to each other’s writing. The course operates like a class in drawing or dance, with exercises designed to open your writing perceptions and strengthen your writing muscles.

The last century has been good for poetries in global Englishes: innumerable approaches characterise what’s called poetry. We will discuss and write in some of those approaches. We’ll also investigate websites and books and talk about differences between composition and revision strategies. We will discuss representation, images, rhythms, diction, lines, words, syntax, sounds, rhymes, code mixing, page area, digitality, typography, punctuation, appropriation, performance, translingualism, rearrangement and more. We will discuss particular writing strengths, how to optimise the versioning of your poems and how to fit some poems and poetics together into two portfolios.

Enrolment limits for 2019

Enrolment is limited to 30 students. Selection will be based on GPA, and an evaluation of students’ transcripts to determine the relevance of previous courses undertaken as background to ENGLISH 343. In order to ensure consideration for entry, potential students must waitlist in the course no later than two months prior to the beginning of the semester in which ENGLISH 343 is offered.