LIT 3001                     Ken Harmon
Studies in Poetry                      [email protected]
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4.5 Credit Hours                                                     Office:  Fifth floor of Gateway Center,
Contact Hours:  45 Lecture Hours                                    Suite 530
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Welcome to Studies in Poetry!

This course will prepare the student to read, analyze, and write about poetry from different critical perspectives. Students will study representative poets and be exposed to a variety of forms and techniques of poetry from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary.

Students will also have an opportunity to create a small portfolio of their own poems and stage a reading of their work both inside and outside of the classroom.

As a class, we will also take two required field trips.  We will visit Davidson College to hear W.S. Merwin, Poet Laureate of the U.S., read from his work and attend a local poetry slam.

This is both a reading and writing intensive course.

This course fulfills part of the literature concentration requirement.

Required Text:

Poetry:  An IntroductionEd.  Michael Meyer.  6th edition.  Boston/New York:
                Bedford /St. Martin's, 2010.


A three-ring binder divided into 3 sections:  one for class notes , one for journal and freewriting exercises, and the other for keeping copies of sources, drafts, and reader responses  (Must bring binder to class everyday)
3, 2-pocket folders for submitting essays



To successfully complete LIT 3030, students should be able to:

1.    Identify, analyze, and explicate different poetic forms) lyric, epic, sonnet, etc.).
2.   Identify, define, and explain elements of basic prosody (meter, rhyme, diction,
     tone, etc).
3.   Explain and apply basic concepts of literary criticism and theory to specific works.
4.   Respond personally and critically to assigned poems according to course
5.   Demonstrate competence in basic grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and
     sentence structure as measured by established rubrics.
6.   Apply the process approach to writing original pieces
7.   Critique peers’ writing through the use of guidelines presented in class.


Students will: 
Attend class meetings and complete all reading, writing, and editing
Write at least two major essays.  Each written assignment will include planning,
        drafting, revising, editing, and reflection.  You are responsible for turning in all
        materials related to an assignment.  This includes:  invention strategies,
        audience analysis, draft versions, peer group reviews, outside sources, and the
        MLA FORMAT
Complete a portfolio of their own poems.
Complete shorter writing projects in and outside of class.  Any missed quizzes,
         in-class team exercises, etc., cannot be made up.
•        Complete one 8-10 minute formal presenation to the class.
Complete a course midterm and final exam.

This course will begin with an introduction to basic prosody. Different poetic forms such as epic, sonnet, and free verse will be discussed as part of the historical overview of poetry, which will begin in the Middle Ages and continue through Contemporary works. Students should also be introduced to the basics of literary criticism during this time. Representative poets and their innovations and contributions will be analyzed.
I.Introduction to basic prosody.
II.Poetic Forms and Historical Overview
III.Chronological Study


OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT: Johnson & Wales is committed to its Outcomes Assessment initiative.  All faculty and students are therefore part of our on-going study to determine and refine the effectiveness of instruction and learning.  Students’ names will not be used when reporting results.


You can accumulate 400 points, which are distributed as follows:

Participation (30%)

Reading Journal                                         60        (15%) (3.75 points each)

***journal entry 13 counts as two entries (13 & 14)
***journal entries 15 & 16 are two reviews of local readings/performances

Quizzes                                                       40        (10%)
Case Study Presentation                            10        (2.5%)
Letter Poem Reading/Presentation         10        (2.5%)

Exams  (30%)
Midterm                                                      40        (10%)
Final                                                             80        (20%)

Papers (30%)
Essay 1                                                         40      (10%)
Essay 2                                                         80     (20%)

Creative Project (10%)
Letter Poem Project                                   40     (10%)                                                                                                                 
Final Grades:
    360 - 400     A
    320 - 359     B
    280 - 319     C
    240 - 279     D
        0 - 239     F

You must complete all major papers in order to pass the course. Failure to complete any of the required assignments will result in a final course grade of F.

PLAGIARISM:  All course assignments ask you to write using what you have learned in the course and using your own thinking and writing skills.  If you use any ideas, paraphrases, or exact wording from a source other than yourself (including the textbook), you must document the source using MLA parenthetical documentation style (see handbook or ask instructor).  Any source used but not documented will be considered plagiarism, for which you will receive a failing grade for the course.  You might also be placed on probation or expelled from the university.  If you have any questions about plagiarism, ask before you act.  Ask me; see pp. 614-617 in our textbook, The Bedford Guide for College Writers, and/or “Academic Policies” in the Student Handbook.


A. Plagiarism, a SERIOUS, academic violation, which can lead to an F for the course, is the use of WORDS, IDEAS, or STRUCTURES of others (published sources, friends, relatives) without acknowledgment.  There is no excuse for willful plagiarism.
B.  Except where appropriate (quoting or paraphrasing from primary or secondary sources), your work is presumed to be totally your own writing (i.e. original).
C.  When you QUOTE OR PARAPHRASE FROM ANY sources, you MUST cite them with appropriate specific documentation (usually author and page number in parentheses + Works Cited list at end).  This includes subject matter of the essay.  If you quote or paraphrase precisely from a work of literature, you must cite the author of that work. 
D.  If you do not understand the format for documenting sources, see me for help before turning in an essay.  Refer to your handbook for further clarification.
For other questions about plagiarism see
and see attached handout.

TURNITIN.COM:  All major essays written for this course must be submitted electronically to no later than classtime on the date that an assignment is due.  Essays that are not uploaded to will not be accepted.

ATTENDANCE:  Students are expected to attend all classes and earn credit for complete classes and in-class assignments.  You are allowed two absences (excused or unexcused) without penalty. Five absences (excused or unexcused) will result in automatic failure.  If you do not attend a student conference, you will be considered absent.  After two absences your final grade for the semester will be reduced as shown.
You are responsible for tracking your absences.

AbsencesPoints deducted from final grade



NOTE:  A student's GPA is closely related to regular attendance and participation in a course.

TARDIES:  If a student is more than 10 minutes late for class or leaves more than 10 minutes before class is over, they are counted absent for the day.

PROFESSIONAL DRESS:  You must follow the academic dress policy as it is explained in the Student Handbook (pp. 56-58), including wearing your nametag.  Headphones, tennis shoes/sneakers & hats/head coverings are not allowed in the academic building except scarves for religious purposes.

ETIQUETTE:  Students are expected to respect their classmates’ time and learning environment.  Therefore, show up for class prepared and on time.  Turn off all cell phones before entering the classroom.   THEY SHOULD NOT BE VISIBLE TO ME OR IN YOUR HAND AT ANY TIME. Each time a cell phone disrupts class or a student is caught texting, the entire class will take a pop quiz and the student caught texting will be asked to leave the classroom for the day.  Also, if a student leaves the classroom to answer a call, they will be counted absent for the day and not allowed back in the classroom that day.  Other disruptive classroom behavior, defined as anything that would interfere with “an instructor’s ability to conduct the class” or “The ability of other students to profit from the instructional program,” is strictly prohibited.


NOTE:  Persons other than registered students are not allowed to attend academic sessions, laboratory classes, computer labs, and other University academically supported areas.

LATE PAPER/ASSIGNMENT POLICY:  Turn in all your assignments on their scheduled due dates.  You must submit all essays and required materials in a 2-pocket folder (final draft, reflection, rough draft, workshop sheets, revision plans, photocopies of sources, collecting notes, and relevant journal entries).  NO PROCESS, NO GRADE.  Keep a duplicate copy of all assignments you turn in.  I DO NOT ACCEPT LATE PAPERS.  However, in a special circumstance any late assignments (if accepted by instructor) will be penalized one letter grade for each 24-hour day late.  No assignments will ever be accepted over one week late. 

REVISION:  You may rewrite one failing essays (original grade of D or F); the rewritten essay may receive no higher than a “C.”  Revisions must accompany the original graded copy

STUDENT E-MAIL:  Students are required to obtain and use a JWU e-mail account for University communication and to access my public folders.  You must obtain your password to do so.  Student accounts are created automatically for those who are active and in good standing.  Student email addresses are available through uconnect at  A student email address is [email protected].  Students should go to to logon and access their email.  Immediately contact the helpdesk at 1-866-598-4357 if you need assistance.  Take care of this the first day of class.  Students are expected to maintain an email account throughout the semester and check it daily for important information regarding upcoming assignments, course announcements, etc.

IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENTS:  Students will often complete in-class assignments and short writing projects.  In-class projects and quizzes are team-based and scheduled for a specific class period and cannot be made up after that class date.

WORKSHOPS:  All essays will be critiqued by peer groups in class.  Essays without workshop response will drop one full letter grade.

PARTICIPATION:  Come to class prepared to discuss the assigned readings. Contribute productively to discussion.  Quizzes and in-class writings are usually based on the readings and in-class discussion.


WRITING CENTER:  Located in the academic building, 4th floor, the writing center is open to all Johnson & Wales University  students who need help with writing, whether they are taking an English course or not. Students are encouraged to seek assistance with essays, research projects, and related assignments.  Students are asked to make an appointment with a Writing Center staff member in order to receive prompt assistance.  The center provides 30 minute appointments and is staffed from 8:30-2:30 M-R.  Consultants work with students on any part of the writing process -- planning, drafting, focusing, organizing, revising, or editing, and with papers from all disciplines. Please do not hesitate to use the tutor’s assistance.  Remember to bring a copy of your assignment and your drafts to any Writing Center conference.
Going to the Writing Center does not guarantee you a good grade because tutors will not proofread your papers.  The Writing Center’s goal is to improve your overall writing skills (organization, thesis & supporting paragraphs, audience/assignment issues, as well as teaching punctuation and grammar rules after reviewing big picture issues), which sometimes takes several sessions, depending on your existing writing skills.  For more information, you may contact them at [email protected]
You may also visit the Center for Academic Support website at:

ACCOMODATIONS:  Johnson & Wales University is dedicated to providing access to education. While maintaining the highest academic integrity, the University strives to balance scholarship with support services which will assist special needs students in functioning in the University's academic environment. Reasonable accommodations are available with proper documentation, and can be discussed with the director of The Center For Academic Support (4th floor of the Academic Building).
Because some programs of study have technical standards and requirements, applicants and students with special needs or physical disabilities should contact the director of the Center for Academic Support to discuss the availability of reasonable accommodations where appropriate. Copies of the technical standards applicable to various programs are available from this office.  Once you have arranged accommodations with this office, please tell me so that I am aware of your accommodations well before the first paper/assignment.