CANCELED L414 Spring 2019 What is a Poem?
Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, Mar. 26–Apr. 16
Instructor: Richard Wilan
This course will be a discussion of the nature and purpose of poetry from the perspective of a college professor who teaches reading and writing about poems. The instructor will present some of the approaches from his Introduction to Literature textbook, starting with Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” and followed by the critics’ responses. He will talk about some of his favorite poems for teaching such topics as metaphors, symbols, and themes. Discussion will be welcomed both in class and online.
Richard Wilan holds a PhD from the University of Maryland and is professor emeritus at Northern Virginia Community College, where he has taught English for many years. He is the co-author of Prentice-Hall’s Introduction to Literature.