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

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 1—Jun 7
Drop Deadline: Apr 4
Units: 3
Tuition: $895
Instructor(s): Caroline Goodwin
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is April 4 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is April 9 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Spring
Date(s)
Apr 1—Jun 7
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 4
3 Units
Fees
$895
Instructor(s):
Caroline Goodwin
Limit
17
Closed
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is April 4 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is April 9 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Consider this course a brief immersion in the art of the poem. In a supportive and dynamic creative community, students will begin to explore their own material, writing poem drafts in response to weekly prompts. With a focus on process and how to cultivate the thinking and writing habits conducive to a sustained poetry practice, 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, at least seven original poem drafts, and a clear plan for continuing to build an exciting, long-term, poetry-writing practice.

Caroline Goodwin, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Caroline Goodwin’s poems and essays have been published in the New Republic, Junction Box, Puerto del Sol, PRISM international, and elsewhere. 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 received an MFA from the University of British Columbia.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Mary Oliver, A Poetry Handbook, any (ISBN 978-0156724005)
(Required) The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms, The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms, any (ISBN 978-0393321784)
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