1. General Description of Course
  2. Texts
  3. Provisional Schedule
  4. Course Requirements
  5. Short-list of Reference Works

1. General Description of Course

This course introduces you to poetry in English, to its traditional forms, themes, techniques, and uses of language, to its historical and geographical range, and to its twentieth-century diversity. We will explore the poetic and linguistic techniques of poetry in its many forms and see how poetry reflects the life and times of its authors and readers.

During the first term we will read poems from the sixteenth century to the nineteenth century and pay close attention to metre, rhyme, stanzaic form, figurative language, and the resources that English as a language supplies poets. Mid-way through the course we will turn to twentieth-century poets from different regions of the English-speaking world.

Monday and Friday classes will normally be lecture-discussions.

Beginning on October 13, and on most Wednesdays afterwards, we will discuss one or two poems, an online commentary on each poem by class members, and shorter online responses to those commentaries by two other students. The analyses must be on the course bulletin board by the previous Friday; and the responses by the previous Monday. Everyone will be expected to have read these by Wednesday and be prepared to discuss them. I will take attendance.

This section will take full advantage of computer tools and databases. Besides Web editions like Representative Poetry On-line and the course bulletin board, students will use databases and text-analysis software available at Computing in the Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) and the Library. Some powerful tools have come available recently. They enable us to see the rich interplay of poetic traditions as well as patterns of meaning that have formerly eluded recognition and understanding.

2. Texts and Resources

The ENG 201Y computer laboratory is at the CHASS Bissell Building site. See [www.chass.utoronto.ca/cgi-bin/bookings/dungeon/sched]. This 12-workstation laboratory is reserved for Tuesdays at 9-10 am and Fridays at 2-3 pm from October 25 to December 1 and January 11 to April 5.

3. Provisional Schedule

First Term