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21W.756 Writing and Reading Poems, Fall 2006

A homeless man holding a poem he has just written.
A homeless man holding a poem he has just written. (Photo courtesy of Premasagar.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features sample student work in assignments and links to poetry recordings in related resources.

Course Description

This course is an examination of the formal structural and textual variety in poetry. Students engage in extensive practice in the making of poems and the analysis of both students' manuscripts and 20th-century poetry. The course attempts to make relevant the traditional elements of poetry and their contemporary alternatives. There are weekly writing assignments, including some exercises in prosody.


William Corbett

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session



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