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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 half explores, among other things, the relation between poetry and music, including rap and popular song. The prose half includes both fiction and nonfiction. Both halves include exercises in creative writing. The goal is to acquire both analytical skill and new ways of understanding creativity, including your own.

Texts: A custom-designed course pack costing about $15.00 in the UMC plus various no-cost texts online.

Requirements (subject to change): Two short tests, a mid-term, some short papers and exercises, and a final paper. For further information contact the instructor: