The World’s Poetic Forms

Discipline: Special Topics in Literature
Instructor: Muldoon
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1640
End: 1755
Field Work: Day 3 - Lisbon - Friday, 16 August | Portugal
Prerequisites: At least one Creative Writing class and some familiarity with the critical terminology associated with reading poetry. Note: students may not take “Introduction to Creative Writing” in conjunction with this class. Download Syllabus

In this class, we’ll take the opportunity to read poems in forms associated with places we’ll visit on our journey and to write our own poems using those forms. These forms include the ballad, the couplet, the ghazal, the pantoum,  the sestina, the sonnet, and the villanelle.  Our readings will include work by Adonis, Alberti, Ali, Dante Alighieri, Amichai, Apollinaire, Baudelaire, Bonnefoy, Borges, Brecht, Breton, Cavafy, Celan, Char, Darwish, de Lisle, Dimkovska, Elytis, Follain, Fuertes, Herbert, Hernandez, Hikmet, Holub, Ishkhan, Jabes, Juminez, Kafka, Kanik, Khoury-Ghata, Levi, Lorca, Machado, al-Maghut, Mandelstam, Milosz, Mishol, Montale, Neruda, Ni Dhomhnaill, Pasolini, Pasternak, Pavese, Pessoa, Ponge, Popa, Prevert, Quasimodo, Queneau, Ravikovitch, Reverdy, Rilke, Ritsos, Saba, Seferis, Sinisgalli, Sorescu, Symborska, Tsvetaeva, Ungaretti, Valery, Vallejo, Villon, Yeats, and Zahrad.

Field Work

Country: Portugal
Day: 3 - Lisbon - Friday, 16 August

The field lab for this course focusing on the life and work of Fernando Pessoa will take place on Friday, 16 August in Lisbon, Portugal. Landeg White, a Welsh poet & translator of Camões, and (we hope) Richard Zenith, the foremost authority on Pessoa,will be our hosts for the day as we explore the city in which Pessoa lived and worked. The class will visit Casa Pessoa as well take on a full-day literary walking tour through the Centro Nacional de Cultura.