ENGL 125: Introduction to Poetry

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Nearly everyone loves some form of poetry—in a popular song, a sentimental poem found on a greeting card, a patriotic hymn, or a beautifully worded epitaph on a gravestone. It is unlike any other artistic form, and each poem conveys a message that cannot be transmitted any other way. In this course, we explore how poetry creates that meaning. ENGL 125 is, most importantly, about learning how to read, hear, and enjoy poetry.

The four main goals of the course:

  1. that you hear poetry when you read it
  2. that you pay attention to all the meaningful details of a poem
  3. that you can discuss poetry critically and in a manner suited to a broader audience
  4. that you gain some historical perspective of English and American poetry, especially within literary history.

Required Texts:

  • Ferguson, Salter, and Stallworthy, The Norton Anthology of Poetry, shorter 5th edition (2004), ISBN 978-0393979213
  • The American Heritage Dictionary

View a sample course syllabus.

Contact the Friday Center at CCO@unc.edu with any questions or for more information.

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