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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ENG 302 - Poetry and Poetics

Offers practice in the interpretive reading of poetry, focusing on the elements of poetry and poetic theory.

Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 or equivalents.

Credits: (5)

Learner Outcomes, Activities and Assessments

Learner Outcome

Activity (optional)


Recognize the seven metrical feet and scan metrical poetry to determine stanza patterns, the meaning of variations, and other formal properties.


Students will be quizzed over the metrical feet, scan poems (both in groups and individually), discuss formal patterns in a paper, and will write a poem in metrical form.

Identify the characteristics and conventions of major poetic forms.


Knowledge of poetic forms will be assessed through quizzes, exams, and critical essays.

Develop and apply criteria for evaluating poems.


Students will use criteria to evaluate poems in exercises and/or papers.

Identify formal and intellectual differences in poems from different historical periods.


Students will identify historical differences in quizzes, presentations, and/or analytical papers.

Identify, interpret, and analyze the use of figurative language, tone, and other literary devices in poetry.


Students will write explications of poems that identify and analyze literary devices using critical vocabulary.

Identify and analyze common themes among a group of related poems.


Students will write an essay that compares and contrasts a theme or idea as it is developed in a group of related poems.

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