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Revision Date: 16-Jul-18

ENG-2120-VO01X - Creative Writing: Poetry

Synonym: 179747
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-04-2018 to 10-22-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-13-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 10-02-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Jenney Izzo | View Faculty Credentials
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This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Human Expression
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Course Description:

Introduction to fundamental techniques of writing poetry including imitation, creation, adaptation of verse forms, control of meaning, language choice, and revision and polishing. Participants will be expected to contribute original work for study.

Essential Objectives:

1. Analyze works of poetry in order to imitate, adapt, and further understand the craft.
2. Begin to analyze personal strengths and weaknesses.
3. Practice writing and revising poetry in a variety of verse forms.
4. Arrive at final drafts of his/her own work, based on preparation and consideration of numerous drafts.
5. Present poetry orally.
6. Employ and identify figurative uses of language such as image, metaphor, and personification, and poetic devices such as rhyme, sound, rhythm, and conscious word choice to inform the meaning of selected poems.
7. Submit a final portfolio of selected work which demonstrates a commitment to practice and revision.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

     Come discover poetry in unexpected places...

      Today is your day.
      You're off to Great Places.
      You're off and away!"

        Theodor Geisel, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

      "The time to hesitate is through

       No time to wallow in the mire

       Try now we can only lose

       and our love become a funeral pyre

       Come on baby, light my fire

       Come on baby, light my fire

       Try to set the night on fire, yeah"


         Jim Morrison, The Doors, "Light my Fire" lyrics



Welcome to Creative Writing: Poetry!


In this course we will explore poetry in all its forms: children's books, song lyrics, slam poetry, form poetry and free verse. We'll search for poetry wherever we can think of. 

We'll practice writing using short freewrites (writing without stopping) and explore both free verse and classic form poems. (Think fun words like "villanelle" and "haiku" and others rarely seen, like "sestinas.") You will draft multiple poems and revise three to four poems of your choosing. At the end of the semester, we'll set goals to keep your writing and poetry exploration going. 

Along with your writing, you will discuss poetry construction with each other. I will assign online materials for this reading and also encourage you to explore on your own. 

All readings for this class will be available free online. 

Assignments will be due on Friday by midnight. Responses to other students will be due Monday by midnight. As much as possible I will have the entire course open for viewing and for your semester planning before the course begins!

Join us and start writing all the things you've been dreaming.

Don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions:


  • Small group workshop of creative work
  • Large group discussion of techniques and readings
  • Presentation on poet of your choice or poetic movements 
  • Mini audio lectures
  • Creative work and revision 


Fall 2018 textbook data will be available on June 4. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Jenney Izzo
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jennifer Alberico


''Weekly Topics and Sample Assignments''

Week One: Introduction to Poetry 

  • Freewrites and share favorite poems
  • Discover and share new poems
  • Discuss techniques of poet of choice
  • Six-word memoirs
  • Poem with all lines starting: "I write a poem about..."

Week Two & Three: Introduction to the Poet's Tools

  • Free verse and Blank verse discussion 
  • Free verse poem workshop
  • Blank verse poem workshop
  • Song lyrics and poetic tools
  • Children's books and poetic tools

Week Four & Five: Poetic Forms

  • Poetic Form discussion
  • Sonnet workshop
  • Haiku workshop
  • Poetic form of your choice workshop
  • Choose topic for week six

Week Six: Discover Poets and Poetic Schools

  • Research and present on one poet or poetic school of your choice
  • Respond to other students' presentations
  • Write a poem that represents the style of the poet or poetic school you researched

Week Seven: Revision and Keeping On

  • Discuss revision techniques
  • Revise three poems
  • Self-assessment of revision experience and choices
  • Goal setting: writing beyond this class

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

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