EN232 Introduction to Poetry

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EN 232 Introduction to Poetry


F2T 2011 DL


Trent, Letitia A.


Online Adjunct


BA English
MFA Creative Writing

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  • Meyer, Michael. Poetry: An Introduction.  6th edition. Boston: Bedford, St. Martin's, 2010.


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Course Description:
EN232 Introduction to Poetry (MGE): A study of approaches to reading, understanding, and analyzing lyric poetry in English and American literature. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I believe in student-centered teaching, in which students are empowered to question, explore, and integrate learning into their own lives on their own terms through interaction, reading, and applicable writing assignments as well as discussion board conversation. As a facilitator, I am here to help bring knowledge, present alternative viewpoints, and guide student learning, but ultimately, learning is the job of the student: I am here to help students to facilitate their own learning.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the definitive features of poetry as a literary genre
  2. Discuss a representative range of poetic texts
  3. Articulate a response/ interpretation of a single text or body of related texts

Core Assessment:

All Park University courses will include a Core Assessment with rubric. This will include ¾ of the Core LearningOutcomes listed above. The Core Assessment in this course will be a major critical paper of no fewer than 5 pages, which will include research and MLA documentation. The project will be completed in the final quarter of the term.

 The rubric for this assignment is published so the student can see the expectations. 

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Discussion Threads 30%

3 Response Papers

3 Quizzes 15%
Final Project 20%
Final Essay Exam 15%
Total 100%

Extra credit assignments are not given.


1. Discussion Threads:       120 points
2. Response papers:           80 points
3. Quizzes:                         60 points
4. Critical Project:              80 points
   (10 points for the draft, if accepted; 70 points for the final draft)
5. Final Essay Exam:              60 points
TOTAL POINTS      400 points
            Final Grades:
            A   360 - 400 
            B   320 - 359
            C   280 - 319
            D   240 - 279
            F   239 and below  

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will not be accepted unless the student contacts me ahead of time with sufficient reason for missing work or unless there is a personal emergency with documentation.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 All students are expected to:

1. Use proper netiquette by avoiding slang or abusive language in the discussion board or in assignments: respect all students, instructors, and the subject matter.

2. Use standard English in all communications and assignments.

3. Read all assigned material before attempting assignments or discussion board postings.

4. Respond with thorough and thoughtful discussion to peers.

5. Turn in all assignments on time and with original ideas that are supported in proper formatting by sources that are attributed.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Please see the weekly unit page for the assignments and readings for the week as well as the class calendar.

WEEK ONE: Introduction, chapters 1 and 2. Reading and Writing about Poetry. Discussion thread. Response paper.
WEEK TWO: Chapters 3, 4, and 5. Word Choice, Word Order, and Tone; Images; Figures of Speech. Discussion. Quiz.
WEEK THREE: Chapters 6, 7, and 12. Sounds of Poetry; Listening to Poetry; Rhyme; Meter; Focus on Emily Dickinson. Discussion Thread. Response Paper.
WEEK FOUR: Chapters 8, 9, and 10. Patterns of Rhythm, Poetic Forms, Open Form. Discussion Thread. Quiz. 
WEEK FIVE: Chapters 11, 17. Combining Elements of Poetry. Focus on T.S. Eliot. Discussion Thread. Response Paper.
WEEK SIX: Chapters 18, 21, 23. Thematic readings: Case Study on Love and Longing; Case Study on Crossing Boundaries; Case Study on Contemporary Poetry. Discussion thread. Quiz.
WEEK SEVEN: Chapters 16, 23, 26, 27.  Case Study: Julia Alvarez; Case Study: Contemporary Poetry; Critical Strategies for Reading; Reading and the Writing Process. Discussion Thread. First Draft of Final Project.
WEEK EIGHT: Chapters 13 and 14. Focus on Robert Frost and Langston Hughes. Discussion. Final Draft of Final Project. Final Essay Exam.

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Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
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Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
1, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Offers clearly stated personal and critical insights to interpretation of poem or poems. Makes adequate personal and critical statements, which are relevant and interpretive. Provides only plot summary, biographical information, or fails to retain focus on poem or poems. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Incorporates primary and secondary sources using MLA documentation style perceptively and creatively in ways that provide new insights into the poem or poems. Incorporates primary and secondary sources using MLA documentation style adequately without particularly fresh insights, but still retains personal voice. Primary and secondary sources used rarely if at all and without adequate MLA documentation. Insights are predictable. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Provides convincing and innovative connections between texts through careful close reading of poem(s). Provides connections between texts that are obvious but nonetheless plausible and interesting. Connections between texts remain vague and undeveloped. Critique not supported by close readings. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Poetic and critical terminology applied skillfully throughout paper. Poetic and critical terminology used adequately throughout much of the paper. Rarely employs appropriate poetic and critical terminology, misuses it, or omits it altogether. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Skillfully interweaves passages from poem(s) and critical texts as well as strong personal statements that illustrate main point of essay. Adequately incorporates passages from poem(s) and passages from critical texts as well as some personal statements to prove thesis. Rarely provides specific passages from poem(s) or critical theory for analysis, or does so without making connections clear. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Employs conventions of Standard Written English with grace and style in a well organized, fully developed essay. Employs conventions of Standard Written English adequately in a reasonably well organized and developed essay. Writing shows persistent problems with the use of Standard Written English. Statements are often illogical, incomprehensible; organization and development of ideas do not support thesis. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Multicultural Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Gracefully incorporates discussion of the work of one or more multicultural issue and shows relevance to theme of paper. Incorporates discussion of the work of at least one multicultural issue and provides relevant analysis. May mention work of a multicultural issue, but not in any meaningful way. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Provides links among a range of poetic texts                                                                                                                                                                                                               
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Analysis includes full discussion of a range of poetic texts. An attempt is made to include discussion of a range of texts. Paper does not address a range of texts. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 


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