•Familiarization of students with basic skills in the close reading of poetry •Familiarization with the basic critical terminology used in the analysis of poetry •Ability to compose an argumentative essay, providing a thesis and relevant textual evidence.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Aim of this course is to introduce students to the literary genre of poetry and to the main critical vocabulary used in its analysis. Students will practise on how to approach a poem and how to construct a valid interpretation both in oral and in written form considering critical concepts like the speaker, persona(e), tone, poetic metaphor, rhythm & meter, imagery, typography, etc. Moreover, students will be expected to be familiar with the poems analyzed in class each time and to take active part in class-discussions. Class attendance in this Workshop is mandatory. Expected learning outcomes: •Familiarization of students with basic skills in the close reading of poetry •Familiarization with the basic critical terminology used in the analysis of poetry •Ability to compose an argumentative essay, providing a thesis and relevant textual evidence Recommended Bibliography? Items listed on the Course Outline Distribution of Course Outline with thematic units and exam material? YES Distribution of textbook: Course booklet with selected poems Distribution of related bibliography: Αvailable on Reserve in the library Assessment methods: Οne mid-term exam, one take-home essay, and a final exam.
Additional bibliography for study
Barber, Charles. Poetry in English: An Introduction. London: Macmillan, 1988.
Brooks, Cleanth and Robert Penn Warren. Understanding Poetry. 4th ed. New York: Holt, Reinhart and Winston, 1976.
Furniss, Tom and Michael Bath. Reading Poetry: An Introduction. London: Prentice Hall, 1996.
Jones, R. T. Studying Poetry: An Introduction. London: Edward Arnold, 1986.
Kintgen, Eugene R. The Perception of Poetry. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1983.
Miller, Ruth & Robert A. Greenberg. Poetry: An Introduction. London: Macmillan, 1981.
Scholes, Robert. Elements of Poetry. Oxford UP, 1969.
Scott, A. F. Close Readings: A Critical Appreciation of Poetry. London: Heinemann, 1974.
The Norton Introduction to Poetry. Ed. J. Paul Hunter, Alison Booth & Kelly J. Mays. 9th Edition. New York and London: Norton, 2007.
Turco, Lewis. Poetry: An Introduction Through Writing. Reston VA: Reston/Prentice-Hall, 1973.
Williams, John. Reading Poetry: A Contextual Introduction. London: Edward Arnold, 1985.