English 322

ENGL 322
The Study of Poetry

Catalog Entry

ENGL 322. The Study of Poetry
Three hours lecture (3).

Prerequisite: CORE 101 and CORE 102.

A study of poetry as a literary genre with its own specific types and critical theories.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

This course will serve as an introduction to the methods and techniques of poetry, including scansion, metaphor and simile, metrical forms, alliteration, assonance, hyperbole, and poetic forms. There will be a discussion of literary periods, e.g. the Renaissance, Neoclassical, Restoration, Romantic, Victorian, Modernist and Post-Modernist, as well as close readings of selected poetry from these periods.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

ENGL 322 uses a wide variety of instructional strategies which may include any number of the following: lecture; discussion; web-enhanced instruction; collaborative group work; individual or group student reports to elucidate primary texts or pertinent historical, biographical and cultural contexts; individual or group student creative presentations on course material; informal writing activities such as in-class focused writing exercises, readers’ logs, journals or discussion questions; audio-visual resources on literary works and authors as well as pertinent contexts; library instructional workshops to reinforce students’ information literacy and knowledge of resources available; peer writing groups on drafts of essays; individual or group conferences with the instructor on drafts of essays.


Goals and Objectives of Course

The fundamental goal of this course is to provide students with an overview of the genre of poetry, thereby building a solid foundation for more advanced, more intensive, more in-depth study of specific literary periods, particular individual authors, and significant literary movements. To this end, students who have successfully completed this course will be able to:

  • identify and discuss significant works and authors in the field of poetry;
  • identify and discuss significant developments, trends and movements in poetry from Chaucer to the post-Modernists;
  • identify and discuss the interrelationships between literary works and between authors, in particular the influence of literary works or authors on subsequent works and authors;
  • identify and discuss some of the central thematic and aesthetic concerns of the centuries covered;
  • identify and discuss some of the stylistic qualities of the literary works examined in the course;
  • identify and use literary criticism in analyzing literary works;
  • explain how an awareness of literary history affects the understanding and interpretation of a literary work;
  • place literary works and authors in their precise historical and cultural contexts.


Assessment Measures

ENGL 322 uses a variety of assessment measures, which may include a number of the following:

  • informal writing activities such as readers’ logs, journals and discussion questions;
  • in-class student oral presentations and recitations;
  • reading quizzes and examinations on the assigned readings;
  • in-class or take-home essay examinations on the assigned readings;
  • researched or non-researched essays on the literary works and authors examined in the course;
  • research project and/or final essay focused on a single work or several works examined in the course;
  • short critical essays examining individual literary works within an historical, biographical, cultural or literary context;
  • short critical essays using specific literary strategies to analyze a literary work;
  • short critical essays to analyze the formal qualities of particular literary works;
  • short imaginative/creative pieces that imitate a literary work or style or that extend or revise the point of view of a literary work.


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Review and Approval

October, 2009