Special Course Descriptions

ENG 394 11 Forms of Poetry
Prof. Dubrow

This course explores the rich literary tradition of received forms in English and American verse. By studying a wide range of formal poems-by authors as diverse as William Shakespeare, Edna St. Vincent Millay, e.e. cummings, Elizabeth Bishop, and John Ashberry-students will discover the adaptability of fixed forms like the sonnet, villanelle, and sestina. In addition, students will deepen their understanding of prosody, learning the ways in which poets use metrical and stress patterns to create music and meaning in their work. Class assignments will include both scholarly writing and creative "experiments" in poetic forms.