ENGL6377 History of Poetics

Course Description

This course examines the history of poetics and poetry from form to figuration. We explore the interaction between specific forms and content and how one informs the other. With an eye to the physical nature of poetry, we also study prosody, examining the close proximity to poetry’s origins to dance and music, etc.

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisites: English graduate student, or with permission

Student Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the semester, students will be able to:

(1) analyze and distinguish between a wide variety of poetic forms and figures

(2) analyze the mysterious relationships that exist between form and content on a grand scale

(3) demonstrate the interaction between grammar and metaphor

(4) compose writings that demonstrate a knowledge of the continuity of poetic practices apart from specific literary movements

(5) create their own contemporary models of some ancient forms.