Spring 2023

Poems, Songs, and Stories

Listed in: English, as ENGL-122


Geoffrey D. Sanborn (Section 01)


This is a course about the ongoing, changing relationship between the three earliest forms of verbal artistic expression. Before there was drama, before there were novels, there were poems, songs, and stories, each a distinct genre but unimaginable without the others. Why did verbal art take those first forms? What are their defining features? What does each of them give us that the others don’t, or don’t quite? And in the modern context, in which they tend to be separated, what makes it possible for them to catalyze one another, to reveal one another’s qualities? What might a deepening awareness of their interrelationship make it possible for us to experience and understand?

Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Sanborn.

How to handle overenrollment: First-year students will have priority

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Learning how to read closely and with emotional intelligence; learning how to augment the experience of reading through informal reflective writing and class participation; learning that all ideas are associatively connected to other ideas and that there are powerful alternatives to state-illustrate-restate arguments. There will be pre-class writing assignments, three short papers, and an emphasis on the quality of the contributions to class discussion. There will be no quizzes or exams.

ENGL 122 - LEC

Section 01
W 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM SCCE C101
F 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM SCCE C101


Other years: Offered in Spring 2023, Fall 2024