Introduction to Poetry

Stephen J Dickey

Introduction to Poetry

English department

Stephen J Dickey

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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters

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Fall 2016
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Fall 2015
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Winter 2015
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Fall 2013
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Spring 2013
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Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted Sept. 15, 2016 Grade Received: A-

Selling book for $20:
Norton Anthology of Poetry Fifth Edition by Ferguson, Salter, and Stallworthy.
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Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 15, 2016 Grade Received: A

Dr. Dickey is an awesome person and is very welcoming and easily approachable. The class itself is pretty straightforward: you go into deep analysis of poetry. By deep analysis, I mean analyzing every single word and pattern in the meter etc.
The workload is pretty manageable: Read 6-10 poems that are assigned before each lecture. I personally read maybe 25% or less of the poems and still got an A in the class, however if you actually read every poem you will be much less stressed towards the final. There were also two pop quizzes about the readings but they were very straightforward and not meant to trick you, and also not worth a great amount of points if they were anything beyond participation (though this does mean you should attend all of the lectures!)
The professor also requests we recite a poem in front of the class anytime before the 6th week and turn in our own written poem by the end of the 8th week. These two are pretty much just graded for completion.
The last major assignment is a 6-8 page essay graded by your TA which is 25% of the grade.
The midterm is 20% of your grade and has 10 questions about readings/literary devices, two poems that you have to annotate/close-read, and an essay portion where you choose one of the two poems you annotated to analyze in an essay.
Jessica was my TA and she graded pretty fairly and more generously in the essay portion.
For her discussion, she requires that you turn in one annotated poem before the 5th week (or somewhere around that time) and that you have at least one OH appointment to discuss your essay with her before the 9th week, though multiple is always better! And lastly she requires you to post once a week on CCLE, analyzing a poem about the length of one page double length, which usually takes less than an hour.
So I'd say the weekly workload for this class is only an hour if you do the bare minimum, and 2-3 hours per week if you stay on top of things, which I believe is pretty reasonable.
The lectures are engaging and Dr. Dickey is an awesome professor, although it's easy to get distracted. A majority of the lecture is him analyzing the poems from the reading, while also spending some time introducing a new concept (which, to be honest, is usually somewhat obscure and hard to grasp, but I'm sure it'd be easier if I listened more closely).
Overall, I do recommend this class as a GE, and it helps you to appreciate detail and art that goes into poetry, but I personally was not in love with the class and I have no incredibly strong positive or negative opinion on it.

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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters

Textbooks

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