Creative Writing: Introduction to Poetry

English 1530
Various Instructors

In this introduction to poetry writing, students will first be introduced to current works in contemporary American poetry, studying these works as models and provocations for their own literary production. Students will also be introduced to the formal aspects of poetry—its cadences, its sounds, its focus on words as such. Ideally, students will begin to understand that poetry is specifically a genre that depends upon the poet's attention to and command of the connotative reach of language. Ideally, students will begin to recognize that poetry is not an expression of what one already knows, but is a way of knowing.