Genres and Forms of Poetry (LIT4164.01)

Michael Dumanis

This course will closely examine various genres of poetry, including the narrative poem, the elegy, the ode, the ekphrastic, the prose poem, the pastoral, the aubade, the list poem, and the erasure. Students will also be introduced to traditional prosody and acquire a familiarity with writing in meter, and will read poetry written in such traditional forms as the villanelle, the sestina, the pantoum, and the ghazal. Each week students will read a collection of poems (or its equivalent) in a given genre. Weekly critical response papers and creative assignments on each of the genres or forms, and one longer critical paper.

Prerequisites: Email an attachment of five poems to mdumanis@bennington.edu by April 29th and please specify any poetry courses taken previously. Class list will be posted by May 6 on the Literature bulletin board on the second floor of the barn.
Credits: 4
W 10:10am-12noon; W 4:10-6pm
Maximum Enrollment: 20
This course is categorized as 4000, All courses, Four Credit, Literature, Michael Dumanis, and tagged , , , , .