West Chester University

Fall 2001

Spring 2002

West Chester University

Fall 2002





Course Information
  Lit 165 Syllabus
  About the Instructor

Notes for Introduction to Literature
  Approaching Literature
  Your Response and Mine
  Critical Approaches to Literature
  Fundamental Questions about Literature
  Four Short Stories (Considerations)
  Genesis of the Short Story
  Responding to 'The Birthmark'
  Notes on Nathaniel Hawthorne
  Bartleby - A Guided Reading
  Bartleby - Questions for Analysis
  A Few Notes on Herman Melville
  A Vocabulary for Fiction and Beyond
  Notes on Innovative Fiction
  Five Writers Define the Short Story
  A Study Guide for the Fiction Exam
  Ars Poetica
  Poets Define the Art of Poetry
  Reading Poetry
  Supplemental Poems
  The Craft of Poetry - Imagery
  The Craft of Poetry - Sound
  The Forms of Poetry
  Revisiting Theme, Ambiguity, Irony, Symbol, and Parodox in Poetry
  Study Guide for the Poetry Exam
  The Birth of Drama
  Aristotle's Tragic Hero
  Stepping Through Oedipus the King
  The Relevance of Oedipus Today
  Oedipus the King -- Study Questions
  Ibsen's Theater / A Doll House
  A Study Guide for the Drama Exam
  Study Guide for the Final Exam

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~~ Study Guide for the Poetry Exam ~~

Review Date: Friday, April 5, 2002
Exam Date
: Monday, April 8, 2002

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 for reading and analysis over the last few weeks (use the list below to help you recall them), applying concepts from the questions above as well as concepts that carry over from fiction: ambiguity, theme, symbolism, irony, and paradox.

The Secretary Chant (531)
Those Winter Sundays (532)
Oh, Oh (535)
Catch (536)
Ars Poetica (handout)
First Party at Ken Kesey's with Hells Angels (739)
With No Immediate Cause (handout)
Rain (handout)
Mother to Son (handout)
A Simile (handout)
You Fit Into Me (619)
The Panther (611)
Mirror (628)
Jazzonia (821)
Player Piano (664)
The Bells (674)
Ballad of the Landlord (828)
My Mistresses Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun (712)
Ozymandias (903)
The World is Too Much with Us (710)
Unholy Sonnet (714)
Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night (715)
The Piercing Chill I Feel (handout)
L(a (547)
In Just- (729)
When I Heard the Learned Astronomer (907)

Also, study these few poems which demonstrate concepts that carry over from our study of fiction:

Ambiguity: My Papa's Waltz (701)
Symbol: One Perfect Rose (699)
Irony: Richard Cory (640) and The Unknown Citizen (874)
Paradox: Much Madness is Divinest Sense- (761)






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