This course teaches how to analyze poetry and prose. It assumes some experience with literary analysis but not advanced knowledge. It is divided about equally between poetry and prose. The poetry section explores, among other things, the relation between poetry and music, including rap and popular song. The prose section includes both fiction and creative nonfiction. Both sections include some exercises in creative writing. The overall goal is to acquire not only objective knowledge and analytical skill but also new ways of understanding creativity, including your own.
Texts: A custom-designed course pack costing about $10.00 in the UMC and various other texts available online.
Probable requirements: Two short tests, a mid-term exam, some short papers and exercises, and a final paper. For further information contact the instructor: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course is restricted to English majors.
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