Faculty of Arts


Writing Poetry


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 re-writing 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.

Class limits / entry requirements for 2020

Enrolment is limited to 30 students. Selection will be based on GPA and an evaluation of student's transcripts to determine the relevance of previous courses undertaken as background to ENGLISH 343.

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 the course will be taught. If an application is made before 20th December 2019, the student will be notified by February 1st 2020. Applications after this date will be considered on the basis of accepted enrolments and on a rolling basis up to Friday 28th February.


Coursework only

Availability 2020

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Lisa Samuels
Lecturer(s) Professor Michele Leggott



Recommended Reading



Coursework only


ENGLISH 343: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage II in English, Drama, and/or Writing Studies and approval by Programme Coordinator




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