All writing, from essays and research papers to short stories, is improved through the study of poetry. Writing Well with Poetry focuses on seven major poetic techniques that will enable students to improve composition skills as well as literary analysis skills in a fun and engaging mini-course. Students will learn about theme, imagery and sensory details, symbolism, figures of speech, sound techniques, rhythm, and rhyme through analysis of some of poetry’s greatest minds: Maya Angelou, Edgar Allen Poe, Sylvia Plath, Christina Rossetti, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, Robert Browning, Natasha Trethewey, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Robert Frost, William Blake, A.E. Housman, Robert Burns, Walt Whitman, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Students will write poetry through in class exercises and homework to master the techniques covered in class.
I believe feedback on writing assignments is an opportunity for individualized one on one teaching. I endeavor to encourage students with my feedback through detailed examples and corrections as well as input on what they do well. Work will be graded within a week of the due date, and every assignment will include detailed feedback and suggestions for improvement. I am available via email Monday through Friday and am always happy to answer questions, brainstorm with students, or discuss any class content.