The Making of a Poem (LIT4117.01)

Mark Wunderlich

How are poems made? What do we mean when we say something is ‘lyrical’ or ‘poetic?’ How do poets reward readers for the gift of their attention? In this course we will read the work of the poets who will come to campus as part of Poetry at Bennington and look at the strategies they use to shape poems that are distinctive, satisfying and rigorous. We will also examine their poetic antecedents, influences and mentors as a way of understanding their work in larger contexts. Please note that this course is a two-credit, fourteen-week course meeting once a week. In addition to class time, you will be required to attend all Poetry at Bennington events.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Please send a brief paragraph declaring your interest in the course to mwunderlich@bennington.edu by April 29. A course list will be posted on the Literature bulletin board by May 6.
Credits: 2
F 2:10pm-4:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, Literature, Two Credit, 4000, Mark Wunderlich.