Introduction to Poetry

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Poetry from– a listing of significant work by poetic school and movements from the Academy of American Poets online (

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English 1220 Timeline 1 – Prezi slideshow for poetry from 1500-1880


ENGL 1220 – Introduction to Poetry (3 Credits)
“The purpose of this course is to deepen students’ engagement with the metaphorical nature of language through understanding and enjoyment of poetry. The selection of poems focuses on what poetry means and does, what needs and desires poetry fulfills in its writers and readers, and the cultural contexts and conditioning that define poetry and place value on its existence. (Meets Literature and English concentration requirements) Lecture: 3 hours” (CCRI Course Catalog)

Prerequisite(s): None required; a general introduction literature course and Composition I are suggested


This course should develop the following understanding and skills in students:

  • ability to close-read/analyze poetry according to literary elements and forms
  • ability to discuss poetry using correct literary terminology
  • ability to use both objective and subjective views to derive meaning in poetry
  • ability to differentiate between literal and figurative meanings in poetry
  • understanding of the way a poem works as a whole and expresses ideas about the voice speaking the poem and its relation to the poem’s events
  • understanding of the historical and cultural contexts and the interdisciplinary relationship of humanities
  • an enhanced appreciation for poetry
  • ability to apply critical thinking skills to reading, writing, and speaking
  • sharpened oral communication skills
  • ability to work in collaborative settings
  • ability to use correct, effective research techniques and documentation formats to produce credible, college-level literary analysis papers


At the end of the semester, students will demonstrate their understanding of poetry as a literary genre and be able to critically examine individual poems, both orally and in writing, utilizing correct terminology and literary analyses techniques.  In turn, these poem-based analyses will demonstrate college-level critical reading, thinking, writing, and speaking skills, as well as correct research techniques and documentation formats where applicable.


Knorr, Jeff. An Introduction to Poetry: The River Sings, 2004


Regular attendance is essential for success in Composition I class. The English Department attendance policy dictates a maximum of six excused or unexcused absences for a class that meets three times a week. The policy also states that two late arrivals equal 1-1/2 absences. After four absences, the final grade will be reduced at the instructor’s discretion. After six absences you should officially withdraw or a final grade of “F” will be given.


Assessment is accomplished through a variety of means, which include the following:

  • oral and written informal responses to readings of poems and critical essays (homework assignments)
  • oral and written formal responses to readings of poems and critical essays (essays and project presentation)
  • class discussions, attendance, and activities (participation)
  • self-assessment and peer responses (project responses)
  • in-class assessments (quizzes and final exam)



Your final grade will be based on several forms of assessment which are listed below:

10%- class participation (i.e., contributions to discussions, attendance, comportment, etc.)

10%- homework reading & response assignments

20%- 2 quizzes

20%- 2 essay assignments

20%- project presentation (15% oral presentation, 2.5% peer response, 2.5% self-assessment)

20%- final exam