Persona Poetry: An Overview (LIT2517.01)

Phillip B. Williams

The mask, or persona, is a common construction in creative, focusing on building a personality in a work by manipulation of rhetorical strategies, sound, and perspective. Writers such as William Shakespeare, Robert Browning, Ai, Kevin Young, Patricia Smith, Rita Dove, and many others have relied on their ability to create convincing characters in order to satirize, criticize, entertain, and refashion a community and its politics.  In this class, we will study the history of prose poetry and its varying presentations. We will read persona poems across centuries and discover how the form has evolved and in what new ways it has been utilized. There will be short craft essays, persona poem practice, and in-class writing assignments. There is no final exam for this class, but there will be a final project or paper.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Learn the history and importance of the persona poem
2. Be able to distinguish between different kinds of persona poems
3. Gain an understanding of how persona poems are created and to what effect

Delivery Method: Remotely accessible
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
W 2:10PM - 5:50PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: All courses , Literature , Remotely Accessible