Department of English

Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

2202242  Introduction to the Study of English Poetry


Puckpan Tipayamontri

Office: BRK (Boromrajakumaree Building) room 1106.1

Office Hours: M 1-3, W 3-4 or by appointment

Phone: 0 2218 4703


Group 3

BRK 314

T 12-2, Th 11-12


You can tear a poem apart to see what makes it technically tick, and say to yourself, when the works are laid out before you, the vowels, the consonants, the rhymes or rhythms, "Yes this is it. This is why the poem moves me so. It is because of the craftsmanship." But you're back again where you began. You're back with the mystery of having been moved by words.

--Dylan Thomas, "Poetic Manifesto," 

Texas Quarterly (Winter 1961)



! Final exam on Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 1-3 p.m.

! Assignments review

! Our class Poetry Conference information 

! The course Blackboard may begin shutting students out in preparation for next semester.  If you can't log in, e-mail your literary observations and discussion to me and I'll post them on our class website instead.

Course Outline

Detailed schedule (group 3)

Reading: Coursebook (includes poems, reading questions, and key literary terms)

Requirements and Expectations

  • Reading Responses: You may e-mail these to me as often as you wish, but at least once every week. Think of these as an attempt to explain, discuss or comment on a question that you pose about the poems or other reading material. I don't expect more than a paragraph or two but these should be well thought out. Quality is more important than quantity. I am always willing to discuss your ideas or questions about the reading or about the course.

  • Attendance and Participation: Discussion of the poems and reading materials will be a big part of this class and you are encouraged to express your opinions, share observations and ask questions. This is an important way to learn and increase your understanding about poetry. Use this opportunity in class to expand your perspectives! See Student-Led Discussion Schedule. (Word file version)

  • There will be reading responses that you e-mail me occasionally, four take-home assignments, a midterm, a final paper and presentation, and a final exam.

Syllabus (Word file)

Blackboard Academic Suite for Group 3

Studying Literature
Useful Texts

Abrams, M. H.  A Glossary of Literary Terms.  8th ed.  Boston: Thomson, 2005.

Gibaldi, Joseph.  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.  6th ed.  New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2003. (library has 5th ed.)

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.  11th ed.  Springfield, MA: Mirriam-Webster, 2003.

The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.  Eds. Alex Preminger, Terry V. F. Brogan, and Frank J. Warnke.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1993.

Oxford English Dictionary.  2nd ed.  20 vols.  Oxford: Oxford UP, 1989.

Roget's International Thesaurus.  6th ed.  Ed. Barbara Ann Kipfer.  New York: Harper, 2001. (library has 3rd ed.)



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