your homework for week 7-13 October

Creative Writing—Queens College—Fall 2011


WEEK 7—13 Oct  Love Poems

 If you know what you are going to write when you’re writing a poem, it’s going to be average.

–Derek Walcott

The above epigraph reflects what we discussed yesterday about inspiration and discovery, allowing your poem to find and guide you rather than being the boss of the poem. Experiment with discovering your poem rather than writing it.

Please print out the poetry packets in their entirety and read the following poems for next week: Raymond Carver, “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” W.B. Yeats, “Her Triumph,” Ezra Pound, “The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter,” Robert Hayden, “Those Winter Sundays,”Anna Akhmatova, “N.V.N.,” Christopher Marlowe, “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” Andrew Marvell, “To His Coy Mistress,” Emily Dickinson, “Wild Nights—Wild Nights” and “The Soul Selects Her Own Society,” Theodore Roethke, “My Papa’s Waltz,” Allen Ginsberg, “A Supermarket in California,” T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” Adrienne Rich, “Two Songs,” and Sharon Olds, “Sex Without Love.”

Please give each poem its due, but choose at least one (preferably more) to read closely, revisit through the week, meditate upon. Pay attention to its formal elements as well as what it says about love. What is the kind of love being described? How is it rendered differently or similarly to other sentiments about love that have moved you in the past? Does it offer something new to your own thoughts and experiences? What is it about this poem that you admire, marvel at, puzzle out? Be prepared to discuss your reactions to this poem in class.

Discover and post a love-poem. Read and respond to your peers’ work.

Your extended critiques (to be posted on your peers’ blogs) are due next week.


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