Introduction to Literature - Poetry

Course Number: ENG 106
Transcript Title: Intro to Literature - Poetry
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 6, 2017
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Prerequisite / Concurrent

Course Description

Enhances enjoyment of poetry, increases understanding of poetic elements, conventions and forms, and encourages exploration of the diversity of human experience. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Engage, through poetic texts, diverse points of view and diverse historical, cultural, and literary contexts.
  2. Analyze a variety of poetic forms, from sonnets to haiku to free verse, and identify and effectively employ poetic terms, including diction, sound, rhyme, rhythm, meter, imagery, symbolism, persona, etc.
  3. Explicate poems in writing and speech and provide adequate support/evidence for such explications.
  4. Recognize the multiple possibilities of interpretations of poems and the validity thereof.
  5. Articulate ways in which the text contributes to self-understanding.
  6. Conduct research to find materials to use for literary analysis, using MLA conventions to document primary and secondary sources in written response to a literary text.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

In-depth 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)


2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)


4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)


5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment tools may include informal responses to study questions; evaluation of small- and full-group discussions; in-class and out-of-class writing; formal essays and other types of informal writing; individual and group presentations; essay exams; close reading exercises using support/evidence; writing exercises which include evaluation of various interpretations of a text and their relative validity. Both instructor and peer evaluation may be incorporated in the assessment process.

Course Activities and Design

Lecture; Discussion; Group Work; Student Presentation

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Concrete imagery
  • Allusions
  • Tension
  • Enjambment
  • Diction
  • Imagination
  • Explication
  • Symbol
  • Cultural applications
  • Metrics
  • Interpretation
  • Iambic
  • Narrative poetry
  • Trochaic
  • Epic poetry
  • Dactylic
  • Folk ballads
  • Anapestic
  • Literary ballads
  • Feet
  • Sonnets
  • Monometer
  • Villanelles
  • Dimeter
  • Haiku
  • Trimeter
  • Rhyme
  • Tetrameter
  • Alliteration
  • Pentameter
  • Assonance
  • Line
  • Consonance
  • Stanza
  • Free verse
  • Couplet
  • Tone
  • Tercet
  • Allusion
  • Guatrain
  • Figurative language
  • Sestet
  • Caesuras
  • Octave

Competencies and Skills

  • Analysis
  • Synthesis
  • Close readings.
  • Understanding poetry through historical, political, artistic, and critical contexts as well as employing the language of poetic convention.
  • Writing about poetry.
  • Critical reading using reviews and critical essays.
  • Speaking and listening in a large group.
  • Speaking and listening reflectively.
  • Small group collaboration.
  • Recognizing the difference between poetry and prose.