Reading and Writing Poetry: Emotions and the Reader (LIT4169.01)

Mark Wunderlich
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Writing poems is not about the expression of the emotions of the writer, but about creating complex, individual works of art that manipulate the emotions of the reader. ¬†In this course we will study the effects of tone, musicality, rhetoric and prosody as they move through a chosen subject, discussing the most effective and artful ways to make poems worthy of the gift of a reader’s attention. ¬†Students will write a new poem every week in response to assignments, read from a range of contemporary and canonical texts, offer acute and humane critiques of their peers’ work, and engage in active discussion; students will also write critically about the work we read. ¬†Participants will have a mandatory bi-weekly conference with me, and will be expected to attend all scheduled Poetry at Bennington events during the fall.

Prerequisites: Please submit three poems and a brief statement of interest to mwunderlich@bennington.edu by May 11th. Please put Reading and Writing Poetry Submission in the heading. Class lists will be posted on May 16th.
Credits: 4
Th 2:10pm - 6:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 15
This course is categorized as 4000, All courses, Four Credit, Literature, Mark Wunderlich, Monday and/or Thursday Afternoons.