Course

Reading Poetry

Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
English
Course Code
ENGL 1114
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
35
Method(s) Of Instruction
Hybrid
Online
Lecture
Seminar
Course Designation
None
Industry Designation
None
Typically Offered
Fall
Summer
Winter

Overview

Course Description
In this course students will learn to closely read, interpret and write about poetry. The poems assigned will be various in nature and will cover a range of poets and poetic forms.
Course Content

All first-year English literature courses share the following features:

  1. Students are instructed in the writing of analytical essays on literary subjects.
  2. Students are taught to recognize and understand a variety of literary devices and textual elements, such as metaphor, symbolism, distinctions between author and narrator/narrating persona, and issues of language and of structure, as appropriate to the genres and texts studied.
  3. Readings and topics vary among sections of the same course, according to each instructor’s selection; however, all course materials are consistent with the objectives of the course. 

In English 1114, students will focus on detailed analysis of poems.

Learning Activities

Some or all of the following methods will be used:

  1. Lecture/discussion
  2. Group work
  3. Peer review
  4. Instructor feedback on students’ work
  5. Individual consultation
Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. Instructors may use a student’s record of attendance and/or level of active participation in a course as part of the student’s graded performance. Where this occurs, expectations and grade calculations regarding class attendance and participation must be clearly defined in the Instructor Course Outline.

  1. A minimum of two formal academic essays, with a combined value of at least 40% of the course grade.
  2. A minimum of 80% of the course grade will be based on writing assignments such as essays, essay-based exams, journals or paragraphs. A maximum of 20% of the course grade may be based on informal writing such as quizzes or short answer tests, and/or non writing-intensive assignments such as oral reports, presentations, participation or preparation.
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of any first-year English literature course, the successful student should be able to

  1. read analytically and reflectively with attention to the subtleties of language;
  2. recognize and understand literary devices;
  3. practice writing as a process involving pre-writing, drafting, revising and editing;
  4. write an essay of literary analysis that develops an argumentative thesis supported by appropriate, correctly integrated and cited evidence; and
  5. give and receive constructive criticism on written work.

Upon completion of English 1114, the successful student should also be able to recognize and understand a range of poetic devices and features, including

  1. A poem’s situation and speaker;
  2. Theme;
  3. Poetic forms (open / free verse versus closed or constraint-driven forms, such as the ballad, sonnet or lipogram);
  4. Emotional tone (such as irony);
  5. Figurative language (such as imagery, metaphor and symbolism);
  6. Literary allusions;
  7. Diction (such as formal versus colloquial, and the differences between denotative and connotative meaning);
  8. Syntax and other details of grammar and style (such as enjambment);
  9. Prosody and sound effects (such as alliteration, rhythm and rhyme).
Textbook Materials

A list of required textbooks and materials will be provided for students at the beginning of the semester.

Sample reading list:

  • Selections from an anthology (such as The Broadview Anthology of Poetry or The Seagull Reader: Poems)
  • A coursepack or online resources with additional readings
  • One or more poetry volumes (such as Adrienne Rich, The Dream of a Common Language or Lee Maracle, Talking to the Diaspora)

Requisites

Prerequisites

Any College entrance Language Proficiency Requirement with the exceptions of the Douglas College Course Options in ELLA or ENGU and the assessments listed below. These require the specified higher standard for entry into CMNS, CRWR and ENGL courses.
• a minimum grade of C- in ELLA 0460, or a minimum grade of C- in both ELLA 0465 and 0475, OR
• a minimum grade of C- in ENGU 0450 or ENGU 0455 or ENGU 0490, OR
• Mastery in ELLA 0330 and any two of ELLA 0310, 0320, or 0340, OR
• TOEFL overall score of 83 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, OR
• IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0; for individual bands below 6.0:
       • if in Speaking, ELLA 0210 required
       • if in Reading or Listening, ELLA 0220 required
       • if in Writing, ELLA 0230 and ELLA 0240 required
OR
• CLB score of 8, OR
• CEFR level B2+, OR
• CAEL minimum overall and essay score of 70 (computer or paper based), OR
• recognized equivalent or exemption.

Corequisites

No corequisite courses.

Equivalencies

No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca

Institution Transfer Details for ENGL 1114
Athabasca University (AU) DOUG ENGL 1114 (3) & DOUG ENGL 1115 (3) = AU ENGL 212 (3) & AU ENGL 2XX (3)
Athabasca University (AU) AU ENGL 2XX (3)
Coast Mountain College (CMTN) CMTN ENGL 102 (3)
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR ENGL 1XX (3)
Columbia College (COLU) COLU ENGL 1st (3)
Coquitlam College (COQU) COQU ENGL 111 (3)
Emily Carr University of Art & Design (EC) EC ENGL 100 lev (3)
Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) FDU ENWR 1102 (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU ENGL 1202 (3)
Langara College (LANG) LANG ENGL 1XXX (3)
North Island College (NIC) NIC ENG 1XX (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU ENGL 114 (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ENGL 1120 (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU ENGL 104 (3)
University Canada West (UCW) UCW ENGL 1XX (3)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO ENGL_O 1st (3)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV ENGL_V 1st (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC ENGL 102 (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV ENGL 1XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC ATWP 1XX (1.5)
Vancouver Community College (VCC) VCC ENGL 1XXX (3)
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU ENGL 125 (3) or VIU ENGL 135 (3)

Course Offerings

Fall 2024

CRN
36639
section details
CRN Days Instructor Status More details
CRN
36639
Instructor Last Name
Preus
Instructor First Name
Eve
Course Status
Waitlist
Maximum Seats
35
Currently Enrolled
35
Remaining Seats:
0
On Waitlist
52
Building
Online
Room
ONLINE
Times:
-
CRN
36641
section details
CRN Days Instructor Status More details
CRN
36641
Instructor Last Name
Preus
Instructor First Name
Eve
Course Status
Waitlist
Maximum Seats
35
Currently Enrolled
35
Remaining Seats:
0
On Waitlist
47
Building
Online
Room
ONLINE
Times:
-