LIT1406 Poetry

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LIT1406 Poetry

This course will provide valuable insight and gratification of poetry.  The linguistic approaches used by poets to arouse the senses and hone the perception of the reader will be examined.  This course is designed to approach poetry from numerous standpoints.

You will come to respect that, although poetry can be complex and difficult, it can also offer profound and complex pleasure, emotionally, imaginatively and intellectually.  The diverse elements and types of poetry will be explored.


This course will delve into the imagery, resonance, sound, cadence and the metaphorical language used in poetry.  It will also examine what we can learn from the poem.  By the end of this course, all students should:

  • Expand skills in interpreting poems
  • Endeavor writing poetry
  • Learn various types of poetry
  • Publicize literary studies with precision and validity
  • Perceive and assess the details that comprise a poem
  • Ascertain how texts vary from one another
  • Recognize how poetry relates with the larger society and its historical changes

Full-CLC Students

“A CLC award signifies that the student has attained the knowledge, (through either prior education or experience), equal to or greater than the student would have learned in a traditional college course.”

“Based upon your CLC award, physical classroom attendance is not required; however, you will be required to successfully pass a final exam for each course.”

Based upon your HESEAP Application, you have received full-CLC for this course; therefore, this is a test-out course which does not include traditional education on the subject.

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 Search Topics: Publications/Videos/Papers
(The majority of the exam questions for this course are based upon information contained in the below search topics)

  • (2017) What makes a poem... a poem – Melissa Kovacs.
  • (2016) The pleasure of poetic pattern – David Silverstein.
  • (2015) Introduction to Poetry – The three R’s. Ali Neibling.
  • (2015) Percy Bysshe Shelley Biography: A&E Television Network.
  • (2014) I wandered lonely as a cloud - Wordsworth. MrGibbEnglish.
  • (2014) Understanding Poetry – A brief history. Imsdunick.
  • (2009) Robert Burns Biography: Indiana University. Mary Ellen Brown, Poetry Foundation.
  • (2009) Essay on Poetic Theory “Introduction to Paradise Lost (1674)” John Milton. Poetry Foundation.

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