Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ENG 106
Course Title:
Introduction to Literature (Poetry)
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Course Description

Examines significant poems from diverse cultures and periods in history; explores poetry as an art form designed to provoke thought and challenge social norms; considers poetry as an expression of human experience. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1. Engage, through poetic texts, diverse points of view and diverse historical, cultural, and literary contexts.
2. Analyze a variety of poetic forms, from sonnets to haiku to free verse, and identify and effectively employ poetic terms, including diction, sound, rhyme, rhythm, meter, imagery, symbolism, persona, etc.
3. Explicate poems in writing and speech and provide adequate support/evidence for such explications.
4. Recognize the multiple possibilities of interpretations of poems and the validity thereof.
5. Articulate ways in which the text contributes to self-understanding.
6. Conduct research to find materials to use for literary analysis, using MLA conventions to document primary and secondary sources in written response to a literary text.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment tools may include informal responses to study questions; evaluation of small- and full-group discussions; in-class and out-of-class writing; formal essays and other types of informal writing; individual and group presentations; essay exams; close reading exercises using support/evidence; writing exercises which include evaluation of various interpretations of a text and their relative validity.  Both instructor and peer evaluation may be incorporated in the assessment process.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, and Issues:

  • concrete imagery           
  • allusions
  • tension                  
  • enjambment
  • diction
  • imagination               
  • explication
  • symbol                   
  • cultural applications
  • metrics                   
  • interpretation
  • iambic                   
  • narrative poetry
  • trochaic               
  • epic poetry
  • dactyllic               
  • folk ballads
  • anapestic               
  • literary ballads
  • feet                  
  • sonnet
  • monometer         
  • villanelles
  • dimeter                   
  • haiku
  • trimeter               
  • rhyme
  • tetrameter               
  • alliteration
  • pentameter               
  • assonance   
  • line
  • consonance
  • stanza                   
  • free verse
  • couplet                   
  • tone
  • tercet                   
  • allusion
  • quatrain               
  • figurative language
  • sestet                   
  • caesuras
  • octave

Competencies and Skills

  • analysis
  • synthesis
  • close readings
  • understanding poetry through historical, political, artististic, and
  • critical contexts as well as employing the language of poetic
  • convention
  • writing about poetry
  • critical reading using reviews and critical essays
  • speaking and listening in a large group
  • speaking and listening relectively
  • small group collaboration
  • recognizing the difference between poetry and prose