According to Frances Mayes, “Some pull of inner necessity draws the poet to the page, whether to explore a problem, pursue a rhythm, break apart logic, express an emotion, tell a story or simply to sing.” This course is for students who wish to study poetry not only as readers, but also as writers bent on exploring that inner necessity. Through a workshop format, students investigate poetry from different periods and cultures, develop and apply their understanding of meter and poetic form, hear poetry read aloud, perform poetry in a coffee house format, write analytically about poetry studied individually and in groups, and create poems of their own through various workshop techniques. This course is designed to reinforce and improve upon the skills that students learned in previous English courses, including active reading, oral presentations, formal analytical writing and small group work. (Semester, .50 credit) Offered 2020–2021.