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A Tentative Syllabus for Selected Poetry Reading
English Department, Providence University
Fall 2012

Course Description:

This course aims to introduce some basic elements, such as sound patterns and imagery, in poetry to let the learners know how to gather them for later use first. Then, the course will go deeper to discuss how they, sounds and imagery, work in poetry. Finally, some critical approaches suitable for analyzing different kinds of poetry will be introduced to let the learners know different ways in reading poetry. The final aim of the course is to let the learners enjoy poetry reading on their own in life.

Required Text:

Arp, Thomas and Greg Johnson. Perrines Sound & Sense: An Introduction to Poetry. Twelfth Ed. Boston: Thomson Wadsworth, 2008.

Course Requirements:

Class Participation and group discussions 40%, Midterm 30%, Final Exam 30%

Classes and Schedule:

1.
Sept. 10: Orientation
2.
Sept. 17: General Introduction to the Course
3.
Sept. 24: Sounds Patterns vs. Imagery in Poetry
4.
Oct. 1: Metrical Patterns and Riming Schemes in Poetry
5.
Oct. 8: Imagery and Allusion in Poetry
6.
Oct. 15: Imagery and Figure of Speech: Simile/Metaphor/Apostrophe/Metonymy
7.
Oct. 22: Imagery and Figure of Speech: Symbol and Allegory
8.
Oct. 29: Review of the Previous Topics
9.
Nov. 5: Midterm Week
10.
Nov. 12: Speaker, Tone and Poetry
11.
Nov. 19: General Introduction of Critical Approaches to Poetry
12.
Nov. 26: New Critical Approach to Poetry
13.
Dec. 3: Feminist Approach to Poetry
14.
Dec. 10: Semiotics and Poetry
15.
Dec. 17: Philosophy and Poetry
16.
Dec. 24: General Review of the Course
17.
Dec. 31: Class Suspended for Holiday
18.
Jan. 7: Final Exam


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