The How of Poetry (INCC 122.1)

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Syllabus / Public content Section Term Instructor
INCC 122 02 January 2016 Patrick O'Reilly (primary instructor)

Description

What is poetry? Despite the simplicity of this question, no two writers agree. To William Wordsworth, poetry was ?the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge,? to William Carlos Williams, it was ?a machine made of words.? ICCC 122.1 encourages aspiring writers of all skill levels and academic backgrounds to find their own answers to this question, while teaching them the rudimentary elements of poetic craft, the how of poetry. Through class discussion, writing exercises, and workshopping, students will explore key aspects of the writing process: reading and finding inspiration; crafting, critique, and revision; and publication.

Note

Each class will be offered in a workshop format which is standard practice for creative writing courses. The final week of the class will have an additional hour for presentation of student work.

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