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English: Poetry in the Movies

ENGS 096 WQ8 (CRN: 15298)

2 Credit Hours

About ENGS 096 WQ8

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Winter Session Online Course: 12/26/16 - 1/13/17; Open to both CDE and Degree students; This course may or may not fulfill degree requirements for UVM students. Please consult with your Dean's Office if you have any questions about applicability of winter session courses toward graduation requirements

Section Description

“Poetry in the Movies” is designed as a hybrid course that surveys some of the great poems inspired by cinema, film stars, and the movie-going experience. While filmmakers have long engaged the lives of poets and their works going so far as to incorporate verse (“Four Weddings & A Funeral”), adapt poems (“Howl”), and create biopics (“Sylvia”) that dramatize and explore the creative spirit of literary artists, poets have been equally stimulated by what could arguably be called the Age of Cinema and created a subgenre of ekphrastic poetry that imaginatively reveals and maps the impact of film on our lives. We will study a handful of these poems and attempt our own efforts at writing verse that is lyrical, impactful, and resonant, drawn from several films of various genres. We will write poems that utilize the elements of poetry but also study filmic techniques to deepen our appreciation for both arts. Our study will allow us to explore literary topics such as: ekphrasis, intertexuality, cross-disciplinary influence, and modernist film and literary practices.

Section Expectation

“Poetry in the Movies” is an online course that requires students to watch films as well as complete reading and writing assignments. Students will be expected to write several short responses and three poems. Readings will be available via Blackboard and through online sources. Students are expected to have independent access to films through a third party source such as Netflix, Hulu, Fandor, or Youtube or through some local media library.


Grades will be based on successful completion of assignments and active participation in course online discussions. Because this is a creative writing course, poems will need to exhibit an awareness of the craft of poetry and demonstrate an awareness of techniques.




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