Critiquing Poetry

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The purpose of critique, as opposed to mere criticism, is to engage productively with a work. So, quite simply, Critiquing Poetry is concerned, primarily, with reading and engaging poetry in a way that is productive to both the reader and the author of a work.

Course objectives[edit]

Upon completing this course, students will be able to

  • Analyze poetry. Students will learn scansion, form, and poetic devices; and be able to produce technical analyses of a given work.
  • Interpret poetry. Students will learn a wide variety of critical methods for the analysis of poetry, utilizing various schools of criticism in order to develop a nuanced understanding of a piece.
  • Write about poetry. Students will learn to effectively communicate their research in a clear and concise manner.

Lectures[edit]

Sample lecture: Analyzing a haiku