Course Description

Course Name

Studies in British and American Poetry

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Course Description: Credit 3. Exploration of the relationship between English poetry and poetics.
We will read a wide range of poems and prose, and focus on questions of language, form and structure, poetic tradition and influence.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Reading, writing, research and dialogue are the tools of inquiry in English. All of the assignments
you complete in this class will guide you toward the fulfillment of certain inquiry-based learning
outcomes. In this class, students should:
? Learn to understand and interpret poetic forms originating in different national literatures
and in periods ranging from early-modern literature into the twenty-first century. Students
should come to know specifically important examples of the poetic forms that we study,
and to interpret them cogently in relation to the historical contexts and the cultural and
geographical diversities of the poetry that we study;
? Learn to identify all of the poetic forms that we study together. Students should come to
know the formal features that define or characterize the poetic forms that we study,
including sound-effects in language, rhythms and meters, rhyme and other linkages of
words, structural patterns, syllabics, and other linguistic and artistic features;
? Gain practical experience and skill in the interpretation of poems, including the periodspecific
features of literary works. Each student should be able to explain alternative
interpretations of the works, and defend her or his own preferred interpretations and ideas
about the works with sound evidence and reasons.

*Course content subject to change