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Effective: Summer 2013

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Honors Institute participant.
Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in ENGL 11.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • The successful student will be able to evaluate and interpret an international, multicultural selection poets. While focusing on poetry of the last fifty years, students also evaluate and write about poetry from Primitive to Modern times.
  • A successful student will develop knowledge for preparing annotated bibliographies and literary presentations.
Description -
Analysis and discussion of forms, techniques and meanings of poetry, with emphasis on modern examples in English or translation to develop the student's ability to read, understand, and evaluate a poem. Honors work challenges students to be more analytical through expanded assignments including, but not limited to, research-driven literature reviews, reflection papers, and outside enrichment opportunities. The honors course offers accelerated students an enriching and demanding environment by means of a learner-centered pedagogy, student-generated and student led discussions, self-directed, yet supervised, creative projects, and the emphasis and application of higher-level thinking skills: analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Recognize the various elements of poetry (denotation, connotation, imagery, figurative language, allusion, tone, sound devices, pattern, etc.) in order to appraise and appreciate the total poem.
  2. Explicate a poem.
  3. Read a poem aloud so that the nuances of sound, pattern, and meaning are clear.
  4. Differentiate between continuous from, stanzaic, form, fixed from.
  5. Evaluate the quality of a poem by using the tools and terminology listed above.
  6. Situate a poem within a historical movement and critical period.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
None required.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Definition of poetry.
  2. Reading the poem.
  3. Examination of the poems for their political, racial, social, gender, and inter-cultural implications.
  4. Denotation and connotation.
  5. Imagery as the representation through language of sense experience.
  6. Figurative language: simile, metaphor, personification, metonymy, symbol, allegory, paradox, hyperbole, understatement, irony.
  7. Allusion.
  8. Tone (the writer??s or speaker??s attitude toward the subject, the audience, or self.)
  9. Sound devices: onomatopoeia, alliteration, rime, assonance, consonance.
  10. Rhythm and meter.
  11. Pattern, both rhetorical and poetic, and structure.
  12. Evaluation of a poem.
    1. What is the poem's statement and intent?
    2. How has the intent been set forth?
    3. How do various poetic elements support the poem??s intent and purpose?
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Critical papers and examinations in which students demonstrate mastery of both technical terminology and appreciative judgments, emphasizing analytic, synthetic and evaluative thinking.
  2. Written work includes at least one critical essay, midterm(s), one research-driven literature review, one self-directed, yet supervised, creative project, and final essay examination.
  3. In-class group collaborations and mini-presentations.
Representative Text(s) -
An anthology that stresses modern English language poetry, modern critical theory, and material on the technical terminology of poetic explication, such as:
Kaladgian, Walter. Understanding Poetry. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
Meyers, Mike. Poetry. Boston: Bedford-Saint Martin's, 2012.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion using the language of Poetry.
  2. In-class reading of Poetic texts by the instructor and students followed by instructor-guided interpretation and analysis.
  3. Group presentations of major projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Weekly reading and writing assignments from the course assigned poetry anthology.
    1. Analysis and application of textual criticism within the course assigned poetry anthology.
    2. One week reading, research and writing assignments from a single author text.
    3. Attend and report on one local poetry reading or single author DVD or VHS.