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POET 06 W — An Introduction to Poetry: The Image and the Line

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 3—Jun 9
Drop Deadline: Apr 11
Units: 3
Tuition: $850
Instructor(s): Caroline Goodwin
Limit: 17
Apr 3—Jun 9
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 11
3 Units
Caroline Goodwin
This course is designed to empower students to take risks as they draft and revise a minimum of one poem per week. In a lively online atmosphere, we will begin with the practical development of the writing life and how to make poetry a daily habit. Considering a variety of work, from the spiritual intensity of Gerard Manley Hopkins to the “magnificent dream” of Anne Waldman to the meditations of Robert Hass, we will discuss what defines a poem and how a poem succeeds. Exercises will reawaken the pleasures of language, challenge students with both formal and informal poetic techniques, and expand our sense of the possibilities of poetry. The textbook Writing Poetry: Creative and Critical Approaches, by Chad Davidson and Gregory Fraser, will serve as our primary text. Through both video and written lectures and live online interactions, students will receive meaningful praise, critique, and impetus for revision. Students of any level of experience can expect to complete the course with a preliminary manuscript of nine original poems and a plan for submitting their work to literary journals.

Although the time commitment for an online writing course is dependent upon one’s degree of participation, students should plan on investing four to six hours per week in order to gain substantial benefit from the course.

Caroline Goodwin, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Caroline Goodwin’s poems and essays have been published in such journals as New Republic, Junction Box, Puerto del Sol, PRISM international, and Catamaran Literary Reader. She is the author of the poetry collections Text Me, Ishmael, Trapline, Peregrine, and The Paper Tree. From 2014 to 2016, she was San Mateo County’s first Poet Laureate. She received an MFA from the University of British Columbia.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Chad Davidson and Gregory Fraser, Writing Poetry: Creative and Critical Approaches (ISBN 978-0-230-00812-0)
(Required) Mary Oliver, A Poetry Handbook (ISBN 978-0156724005)