Looking for a new course? English 230 is an introduction to the enjoyment of poetry for students from all faculties and programs, covering poets from Emily Dickinson to Rupi Kaur, no prior experience or academic background necessary.
Poetry is a wonderful, rich form of literature that should not be a closed book to anyone; indeed, when we are really moved, we often turn to verse to express our feelings; this course will give everyone a chance to “break into” poetry by focusing on the feelings, experiences, and powers that it communicates. Open to all, the course will guide students to better understand what poetry offers readers today.
Poems will be sampled from different periods, forms, authors, and topics, but always with an eye to why poetry gives its readers unique and enjoyable experiences. A range of poems will be sampled, from traditional ballads to instapoetry, and students will have opportunities to share poems that they like. Authors will include (but are not limited to): Kamala Das, Margaret Atwood, Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Phillis Wheatley, Rupi Kaur, e. e. cummings, Alan Ginsberg, Mona Van Duyn, Sylvia Plath, and Terrance Hayes.
About the instructor: Fraser Easton began his university studies in Physics and Math and only later switched to English, avoiding poetry as much as possible in his own studies. It was at the University of Waterloo, where his duties included teaching poetry, that he finally overcame his fear of the genre, and really began to be open to it and to enjoy it. He has designed this course to help all students increase, or to discover, their own appreciation of what poetry can offer.