|1. 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.|
|Prerequisites: Demonstrated proficiency in English by placement into ENGL 1A as determined by score on the English placement test or through an equivalent placement process; Honors Institute participant.|
|Advisory: Not open to students with credit in ENGL 11.|
|2. Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- 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.
- Explicate a poem.
- Read a poem aloud so that the nuances of sound, pattern, and meaning are clear.
- Differentiate between continuous from, stanzaic, form, fixed from.
- Evaluate the quality of a poem by using the tools and terminology listed above.
- Situate a poem within a historical movement and critical period.
|3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|None required. |
|4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Definition of poetry.
- Reading the poem.
- Examination of the poems for their political, racial, social, gender, and inter-cultural implications.
- Denotation and connotation.
- Imagery as the representation through language of sense experience.
- Figurative language: simile, metaphor, personification, metonymy, symbol, allegory, paradox, hyperbole, understatement, irony.
- Tone (the writer??s or speaker??s attitude toward the subject, the audience, or self.)
- Sound devices: onomatopoeia, alliteration, rime, assonance, consonance.
- Rhythm and meter.
- Pattern, both rhetorical and poetic, and structure.
- Evaluation of a poem.
- What is the poem's statement and intent?
- How has the intent been set forth?
- How do various poetic elements support the poem??s intent and purpose?
|5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.|
|6. Methods of Evaluation - |
- Critical papers and examinations in which students demonstrate mastery of both technical terminology and appreciative judgments, emphasizing analytic, synthetic and evaluative thinking.
- 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.
- In-class group collaborations and mini-presentations.
|7. 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.
|8. Disciplines - |
|9. Method of Instruction - |
- Lecture presentations and classroom discussion using the language of Poetry.
- In-class reading of Poetic texts by the instructor and students followed by instructor-guided interpretation and analysis.
- Group presentations of major projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
|10. Lab Content - |
|Not applicable. |
|11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.|
|12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Weekly reading and writing assignments from the course assigned poetry anthology.
- Analysis and application of textual criticism within the course assigned poetry anthology.
- One week reading, research and writing assignments from a single author text.
- Attend and report on one local poetry reading or single author DVD or VHS.
|13. Need/Justification - |
|This course is a restricted support for the AA degree in English. |