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

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Feb 20—Mar 23
Drop Deadline: Feb 23
Unit: 0
Tuition: $490
Instructor(s): Caroline Goodwin
Limit: 17
Status: Registration opens on 12/04/2017
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 2/23 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 2/28 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Winter
Date(s)
Feb 20—Mar 23
5 weeks
Drop By
Feb 23
0 Unit
Fees
$490
Instructor(s):
Caroline Goodwin
Limit
17
Registration opens on 12/04/2017
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 2/23 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 2/28 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Consider this course a brief immersion in the art of the poem. In a supportive community, students will take creative risks as they begin to explore their own material, writing drafts in response to weekly prompts. With a focus on process and how to cultivate the thinking and writing habits conducive to the writing life, we will read work that ranges from the spiritual intensity of Gerard Manley Hopkins to the “magnificent dream” of Anne Waldman to the meditations of Robert Hass. Prompts will explore the pleasures of language, encourage students to play with content and form, and expand our sense of the possibilities of poetry. Mary Oliver’s A Poetry Handbook will serve as our primary text, supplemented by individual poems on the Poetry Foundation website. Through both video and written lectures, responses to individual exercises, and live online interactions, students will receive meaningful praise, critique, and impetus for revision. Students can expect to complete the course with a sense of their own area of primary interest and a clear plan for continuing to practice the art of poetry writing.

Caroline Goodwin, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Caroline Goodwin’s work has been published in the New Republic, Puerto del Sol, PRISM international, and Catamaran Literary Reader, among others. She is the author of the poetry collections Text Me, Ishmael; Trapline; Peregrine; and The Paper Tree. From 2014 to 2016, she served as San Mateo County’s first Poet Laureate. She is currently at work on a book about the sudden loss of her husband in August 2016.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Mary Oliver, A Poetry Handbook (ISBN 978-0156724005)
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