LITR273 Introduction to Poetry

Department of Language & Literature: Literature

I. Course Number and Title
LITR273 Introduction to Poetry
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
  • The Department of Language and Literature has determined that all literature courses must require a minimum of at least 2500 words in writing assignments.

  • During the first week of class, the instructor provides students with a weekly suggested reading schedule for the semester.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course concentrates on the analysis and study of poetry and its forms. The course emphasizes discussion and student presentation of poetic analysis.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will
      1. analyze poetry through discussion and writing;
      2. demonstrate an understanding of such literary terms, themes, strategies, and issues as are relevant to the works being studied;
      3. express their understanding of the relationship between literature and the historical/cultural contexts in which it was written;
      4. recognize the integrated role and nature of the technical elements of poetry as they contribute to make meaning;
      5. demonstrate the ability to recognize and evaluate the elements that compose a poem; and
      6. articulate how poetry functions as a social and communicative act.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I
      Cultural Perspectives
      Students will
      1. demonstrate knowledge and awareness of some components of our society’s cultural heritage such as artistic, historical, linguistic, literary, and philosophical foundations.

      Category III
      Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
      Students will
      1. understand and express the meaning and significance of a variety of communications (Interpretation).
      2. use methods, concepts and theories in new situations (Application Skills).
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    Course content includes, but is not necessarily restricted to, the study of diction, imagery, figurative language, rhythm, and sounds of poetry as demonstrated in both traditional and non-traditional forms and styles. The course also covers themes, concerns, and attitudes of poetry past and present. Course may include writing and performing poetry.
    In addition:
    1. Students enter the course both with and without training in verbal analysis of literature; therefore, a subsidiary set of objectives dealing with literary analysis may be imported as individual student needs dictate.
    2. Reading remains the basic learning method available to students although various means of instruction are employed: Lectures, group discussion, mock trials, role playing, individual or group presentations to the class, team teaching, library research, etc.
    3. Through reading, writing, discussion, and various class activities, students identify, explain, and analyze the following: formal elements of the literature, particularly images, image patterns, narrative strategies, diction, and structural divisions of the work; themes and thematic patterns; literary periods, movements, and terms as appropriate to the literature.
    4. The writing requirement complies with Department standards for literature courses, a minimum of 2,500 words. Writing assignments reflect the course goals that students can comprehend, interpret, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the literature.
    5. Because there are no prerequisites for literature courses, it is important that students understand the kind and quality of the writing expected.
    6. Students use various critical approaches as ways of assigning the meanings in the work; these include but are not limited to the major critical schools—humanistic, ethical, socio-cultural, historical (both the history of events and the history of ideas), psychological, mythical, and formal.
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. To evaluate all course-specific learning goals and objectives, instructors may determine the depth and quality of student comprehension and critical thinking through several analytical essays (2500 words total required), exams, quizzes, journals, oral or multi-media presentations, class discussions, conferences with individual students, service learning projects, and other methods as necessary to course content.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. To evaluate all Core learning goals and objectives, instructors may determine the depth and quality of student comprehension and critical thinking through several analytical essays (2500 words total required), exams, quizzes, journals, oral or multi-media presentations, class discussions, conferences with individual students, service learning projects, and other methods as necessary to course content.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    An appropriate anthology or anthologies of readings should be used: in addition, faculty may choose volumes of poems by individual authors or other supplementary reading material. See individual course formats.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date -3/99; Revised 5/2010