Saturday, August 13, 2016

Poetry Genres

Instructor: Anothai Kaewkaen

Instructor Contact Info:

Instructor Bio:
Noh Anothai was a researcher with the Thailand-United States Education Foundation (Fulbright Thailand) from 2011-12. In that time he translated programs and hosted cultural events for Thailand’s College of Dramatic Arts under the Ministry of Culture. Winner of Lunch Ticket’s inaugural Gabo Prize for Translation and Multilingual Texts in 2014, Anothai’s original poems and translations of Thai poetry have appeared in Ecotone, The Berkeley Poetry Review, and others.  He has contributed to Words Without Borders and Tin House, and serves as a reader for the  international River Styx poetry contest. He teaches for the online MFA program in Creative Writing at Lindenwood University.

Course NumberIMF 51700

Course Title: Poetry Genres

Available Sections: OL1, OL2, OL3

Class Type: Workshop & Literature

Course Description:
NOTE: Students who previously took Anothai's Sonnets class (under a different course number) may take this Poetry Genres class for credit, but since some textbook reading and assignments will be repeated, these students will be required to write new responses and analyses of these readings, as well as writing new work for all written assignments. Anothai requests that students in this situation please email him before the quarter begins to indicate why they would like to further their study of sonnets in this way.

Scorn Not: The Sonnet, The Sonnet Collection, and Sonnets in Collection
If no other received form has accrued such bad press over its long history (Wordsworth was already defending it in his day), it's because no other received form has been so enduringly popular, so stubbornly perennial, and often so painfully conventional, as the sonnet. In this course, we will survey examples of contemporary sonnets and sonnet collections as we seek to understand what makes these fourteen(?)-line poems work, and how artists across different schools and backgrounds have reinterpreted the form. We'll analyze winners of the prominent Nemerov Sonnet Contest in our discussion of what constitutes "good" contemporary sonnets (and what a contemporary sonnet even is), develop a class criteria for their assessment, and explore the form itself as a field where both tradition and experimentation play. Finally, through a series of workshops, we ourselves will wander, like so many distinguished writers before us have, "the Sonnet's scanty plot of ground."

Textbook info (4 texts):
The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology
Edward Hirsch and Eavan Boland
W.W. Norton 2009

A Wreath for Emmett Till
Marilyn Nelson
HMH Books for Young Readers 2009

All the Wasted Beauty of the World
Richard Newman
Able Muse Press 2014

Walking In on People
Melissa Balmain
Able Muse Press 2014 9781927409299

Class Preview Date: September 19 (do not post in class until start date of 10/3; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 9/16)

Class Start DateOctober 3

First Assignment Info -- Click link to read important updated information before class begins, including the new video journal requirement for LU's student identity authentication policy.

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