“English 111 teaches the study and practice of good writing, using topics derived from reading and discussing stories, poems, essays and plays.”
This section of 111 will focus specifically on modern and contemporary poetry. What can reading and discussing poetry teach us about our own reading and writing habits? What is a poem? How can we, as readers, better learn to identify the choices poets make in their writing?—choices of subject matter, word choice, syntax, detail, structure, rhythm, point of view, narrative, etc. What effects do these choices have on a reader’s experience? And finally, how does an open-minded and attentive reading practice translate to a more successful writing practice?
Please note, this is not a creative writing course. Furthermore, you do not need to have ever read or written a poem to succeed in or enjoy this course. We will read, discuss and write about poetry as a means to practice college-level reading and writing. My aim is for you to emerge as sharper, more attentive readers and to help you write with more control, inquiry, and awareness of audience—regardless of genre!