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ENGL 2600 - Introduction to Poetry

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: ENGL 1220  or ENGL 1190  

Readings to discover and understand the pleasures of poetry. Selections from among the best poems produced by Western Civilization. Writing of critical papers.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the structural elements of a poem.


  1. Identify key structural elements including imagery, diction, symbolism, connotation, tone, musical devices, rhythm, and meter.
  2. Provide meaningful descriptions of the structures of works being studied.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to write an essay of literary analysis that springs from the student’s independent interpretation.


  1. Recognize and analyze the poet’s use of poetic devices (especially diction, figurative language, and metrical devices) as they contribute to a unified reading of the poem.
  2. Recognize and analyze a poem’s occasion and point of view.
  3. Recognize the poem as an artistic creation of the whole person: reason, imagination, and emotion.
  4. Develop a sympathetic response to the way the poet sees the world and to the attempt to order that world for the sake of poetic presentation.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to write an essay of literary analysis, incorporating insights from secondary sources and documenting them with proper MLA format.


  1. Offer an effective controlling idea in the introduction.
  2. Use appropriate support and evidence in the body of the essay.
  3. Organize the essay effectively, using topic sentences, transitions, and other devices as appropriate.
  4. Document sources according to MLA guidelines.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES

  1. Definition: What is poetry?
  2. Recognizing the tools or ingredients of poetry
    1. Tropes
    2. Occasion
    3. Imagery
    4. Diction
    5. Symbolism
    6. Allusions
    7. Connotation and denotation
    8. Tone
    9. Musical devices
    10. Rhythm
    11. Meter
    12. Common forms: sonnet, ballad, villanelle, sestina, etc.
  3. The Writer’s System of Values
    1. Common themes
    2. Historical developments
    3. Literary movements
    4. Socio‐economic influences
    5. Multiculturalism
  4. The Writer’s Conception of the World
    1. Reason
    2. Imagination
    3. Emotion

Primary Faculty
Bily, Cynthia
Secondary Faculty
Gerds, Jenna
Associate Dean
Ternullo, Annette
Pritchett, Marie

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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