Fall 2023

Reading Poetry

Listed in: English, as ENGL-240


David R. Sofield (Section 01)


The most basic definition of poetry may be that it is memorable speech. What makes a poem, as distinct from prose, memorable? The accepted answer is that poetry in English is written in lines, lines of particular lengths, that become memorable by virtue of their rhythm and sounds as well as the poet’s choice of words and the thoughts, feelings, and images those words evoke. In this first course we will close read American and British poets active from the 1950s to the 2010s, poets who write in both free verse and traditional forms: Elizabeth Bishop, Richard Wilbur, Philip Larkin, Anthony Hecht, James Merrill, and Derek Walcott.

Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Professor Emeritus Sofield.

How to handle overenrollment: In the case of over-enrollment, instructor will seek to balance the class in terms of majors, class year, gender, and background.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work, readings, and independent research

ENGL 240 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM CLAR 100
Th 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM CLAR 100


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023