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Cornell University    
  Jan 20, 2018
Courses of Study 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ENGL 4850 - Reading for Writers: Contemporary Poetry

Spring. 4 credits.

Reading for Writers examines literary works through the eyes of a writer, focusing on the craft of literature. Topics vary with each section and semester and may focus on fiction, poetry, or both.

A. Fulton.

In order to deepen our understanding of contemporary poetics, we’ll read a volume of poems each week as well as essays and interviews. In class, we’ll discuss content and craft in order to understand divergent aesthetics. We also will investigate each book’s historical provenance: where did this poetry come from? What are its affinities? Students will write brief responses to the books; post descriptive, interpretive comments on social media sites, such as Goodreads, twitter, or blogs; and perhaps submit their best work to online literary journals. “There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. When the mind is braced by labor and invention, the page … becomes luminous with manifold allusion.” (Emerson)

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