Welcome to English 125: Introduction to Poetry! This course encourages understanding and appreciation of various poetic styles and generic forms in Anglophone literature, beginning with Old English alliterative verse and moving all the way to present-day slam poetry. You’ll be able to recite and analyze your favorite poems, and you’ll use what you’ve learned to write your own verse!


As a student in English 125, you will

Learn the technical components of poetry and explore their uses in multiple forms and poetic genres,

Trace the evolutions of important genres and conventions across historic periods and literary traditions,

Become familiar with major poetic movements across English and American literatures, and

Perform close readings and comparative studies through oral and written analyses of individual poems and related texts.