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Spring 2014 Course Descriptions

English 5020  Graduate Workshop in Creative Writing - Poetry: Reinventing the Lyric

English 5020 Section 001       CRN 33551
Graduate Workshop in Poetry: Reinventing the Lyric      1900-2130 M

This is a workshop for serious makers of poems—advanced undergraduates and graduate students.  The lyric poem is composed of musical elements “intrinsic to the work intellectually as well as aesthetically: it becomes the focal point for the poet's perceptions as they are given a verbalized form to convey emotional and rational values” (The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics).

Students are expected to write a new poem a week. They may be asked to memorize several poems of their choosing. The aim will be to generate lyric poems with traditional elements principle to the lyric through a fresh and innovative approach in order to incorporate contemporary sensibilities. Regularly scheduled conferences with instructor will be required.