Reading and Writing Poetry (LIT4313.01)

Mark Wunderlich

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 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
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as Monday and/or Thursday Afternoons, All courses, Four Credit, Literature, 4000, Mark Wunderlich.