ENG 271P: Introduction to Literature: Genre: Poetry

Credits 3 Class Hours3 lecture

This course is an introduction to the genre of poetry. Students will critically analyze selected major works of poetry. Coursework includes critical thinking skills related to interpreting the significance of the action, characters, themes, and literary devices used by the author. Emphasis is placed on writing, both as a way of discovering ideas and as a way of expressing knowledge of the reading material. Students are expected to be actively engaged in responding to the literature. As students read, discuss, and write about the literature, they should gain a better understanding of themselves and the world they live in.


“C” or higher in ENG 100.

Semester Offered Fall, Spring (once every 3 semesters)
Diversification: Literatures — DL
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Connect the themes expressed in literature to their own experiences.
  2. Write engaging and well-supported essays using analysis and synthesis to explore literary themes.
  3. Place and explain literary works within their historical contexts.
  4. Use common terms and concepts appropriate to the study of literature.
  5. Analyze key aspects of poetry, such as how poets use voice and tone, diction and syntax, imagery, figures of speech, symbolism, musical devices (including sound, rhythm, and meter), and structure.