Fall 2019

Writing Poetry II—The Lyric Essay

Listed in: English, as ENGL-324

Formerly listed as: ENGL-22  |  ENGL-27

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Shayla I. Lawson (Section 01)


Poetry is often a study of density and lineation but, as the expectations of genre continue to bend, more and more poets are exploring the lyric nature of the personal essay. In this course, we will assess the expansion of poetic form to include “the lyric essay,” reading essays written by poets and lyric memoirs written by essayists. The course will be primarily generative, with students selecting a specific topic to explore throughout the semester as they build their own, long-form, poetic project.

Requisite: ENGL 221 Writing Poetry I. Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 12 students. Fall semester. Writer-in-Residence Lawson.

If Overenrolled: The instructor will seek to achieve representative equity (majors, class years, gender, background, etc.).


Artistic Practice, Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2019-20: Offered in Fall 2019
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2019