Special Course Descriptions
ENG 394 11 Forms of Poetry
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.