West Chester University

Fall 2002

West Chester University

Spring 2002

Fall 2001





Course Information
  WRT 120 Syllabus
  Lit 165 Syllabus
  About the Instructor

Notes for Effective Writing I
  Understanding the 'Rhetorical Situation'
  Writing Descriptively
  What Makes a Good Story?
  Building a Thesis
  Notes on 'Purpose'
  Strategies for Writing Introductions
  Strategies for Writing Conclusions
  Assignment #5: Argument
  Understanding Rational Argument

Notes for Introduction to Literature
  Fundamental Questions About Literature
  Critical Approaches to Literature
  Approaching Literature
  Critical Thinking and Reading Literature
  Notes on Four Short Stories
  The Genesis of the Short Story
  Defining the Short Story
  The Art of the Short Story
  A Vocabulary for Fiction and Beyond
  Notes on Nathaniel Hawthorne
  Responding to 'The Birthmark'
  A Guided Reading of 'Bartleby the Scrivener'
  Bartleby--Questions for Analysis
  A Cultural Context for 'Bartleby the Scrivener'
  Notes on Innovative Fiction
  Study Guide for Fiction Exam
  Billy Collins - 'Introduction to Poetry'
  A Catalogue of Poems for Study
  Approaching a Definition of Poetry?
  Reading Poetry
  The Craft of Poetry: Imagery
  Readings from 'The United States of Poetry'
  The Craft of Poetry: Sound
  The Craft of Poetry: Structure
  Lines of Continuity
  Study Guide for Poetry Exam
  The Birth of Drama
  On Tragic Character
  Stepping Through 'Oedipus the King'
  Analyzing 'Oedipus the King'
  The Relevance 'Oedipus'Today
  Study Guide for the Drama Exam

Announcements and Assignments
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  WRT 120 Assignments
  LIT 165 Announcements
  Lit 165 Assignments


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~~ Study Guide for the Poetry Exam ~~

The exam will be part multiple choice, part matching, and part true/false. There will be a one-paragraph extra credit option. Here are several questions you can use to help you prepare for the exam:

  • What are several qualities, generated in groups and discussed in class (consult handout), that contribute to making a poem "powerful"? [An extra credit option may ask you to discuss what you consider to be some examples of powerful poems, and why.]
  • Consider the assertion that poetry communicates in a "language of imagery": what is an image?
  • What is "literal imagery"? What are the qualities of literal imagery? What are some examples of poems that use literal imagery in a vivid way?
  • What is "figurative imagery"? What are several figures of speech we discussed in class? How are they defined in your textbook? What are some examples of poems that use the kinds of figurative language we discussed in class?
  • What are several techniques that poets use to get their language to "sound" poetic?
  • What is meant by a poem's "structure"?
  • What is "open form" poetry?
  • What is "closed form" poetry? Can you define the several kinds of closed form poetry we discussed in class?

Prepare to recall and analyze the many poems assigned and/or discussed in class over the last few weeks (use the list below to help you recall them). Prepare to apply concepts from the questions above as well as concepts that carry over from fiction: ambiguity, theme, symbolism, irony, and paradox.

Each of these poems, unless otherwise noted, are in the Bedford Compact Introduction to Literature, 6/e.

The Secretary Chant (p. 498)
Those Winter Sundays ( p. 499)
The Piercing Chill I Feel (handout)
With No Immediate Cause (handout)
Catch (p. 503)
Ars Poetica (p. 896)
Introduction to Poetry (handout)
First Party at Ken Kesey's with Hells Angels (p. 715)
Mother to Son (handout)
A Simile (handout)
You Fit Into Me (p. 591)
The Panther (p. 583)
Mirror (handout)
Jazzonia (p. 810)
Player Piano (p. 635)
The Haunted Palace (p. 612)
Jabberwocky (p. 646)
My Mistresses Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun (p. 684)
Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night (p. 688)
L(a (p. 514)
When I Heard the Learned Astronomer (p. 904)

Study these particularly as they demonstrate concepts which carry over from our study of fiction:

Ambiguity: My Papa's Waltz (p. 671)
Symbol: The Sick Rose, My Love Is a Red, Red Rose, One Perfect Rose (handout)
Irony: Richard Cory (p. 614)) and First Party at Ken Kesey's with Hell's Angels (p. 715)
Paradox: Much Madness is Divinest Sense- (p.750)






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