2250 Syllabics

Consider this example of syllabics from Ted Kooser’s The Poetry Home Repair Manual.

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2010 Toward the project proposal

Answer these questions:

  1. What problem am I addressing? What tentative solution am I proposing?
  2. Why might the problem be important to the person who can fix it? Who is that person? How will I contact them?
  3. What question will I use to start my research?
  4. What is my tentative thesis? Does it address the problem and propose a solution?
  5. What is my plan for starting the proposal? Ending it?
  6. What questions are likely to follow from my first research question?
  7. Why is this problem important? Who, besides the person who can fix the problem, might care about it?
  8. On which date will/did you begin research? When will you start working on your annotated bibliography? Your audience analysis?
  9. How many works cited page entries do you have?
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4420/4425 Planning

Here is an example of some of the planning of a book you’re probably familiar with.

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The point of poetry

From Kenneth Koch and Kate Farrell’s Sleeping on the Wing:

Suppose you want to get an experience into words so that it is permanently there, as it would be in a painting—so that every time you read what you wrote, you reexperienced it. Suppose you want to say something so that it is right and beautiful—the way music is right and beautiful—even though you may not understand exactly why. Or suppose words excite you—the way stone excites a sculptor—and inspire you to use them in a new way. And that for these or other reasons you like writing because of the way it makes you think or because of what it helps you to understand. These are some of the reasons poets write poetry.

 

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412r final exam Fall 17

The final exam is worth twenty-five points.

For the final, read your secondary text as a fiction writing textbook. You picked your secondary text early during this semester.

Identify a fiction writing technique taught by the text. Your identification should be no longer than 500 words. When you write, be specific. Quote the text to support your assertions about it.

An example of your use of the technique you find in your secondary textbook is also required, but has no word limit. Your use of the knowledge you find should not take the form of a hypothetical consideration of how you might use the technique or be a quotation from your work. It should be an actual fictional fragment written for the exam. It should exemplify the fiction writing technique you identify.

The final is due on December 14th at 12:50 pm. I will stop collecting the exam after it is due. Turn the exam in by emailing it to me before it is due, or attending, writing, and emailing the exam in person on the 14th beginning at 11:00 am.

If you have questions, please email me.

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2250 final exam Fall 17

This take-home final exam is worth twenty-five points. It is due by the end of the final exam period on December 12 from 9:00-10:50 am. The late paper policy as described by the syllabus applies to the final exam. Turn the exam in by emailing it to me before it is due or by attending and writing the exam in person on December 12th. When you email the exam, include “English 2250” and your name in the subject line.

Using the attached examples, write a brief essay in which you read the short story as a textbook on fiction writing and read the poem as a textbook on writing poetry. Quote the story or poem to support your assertions about it. Focus on craft, not theme. You may use David Starkey’s Creative Writing and any notes you’ve taken as resources while writing the exam. You essay should be between two and five double-spaced pages.

After you write your essay, draft a prose poem that uses techniques you’ve identified from both fiction and poetry writing. The prose poem has no length requirement, but should meet the requirements of its form. Feel free to review those requirements as they are found in our textbook.

Answer at least the following questions as your write about this story:

  • What did you learn about characterization from the story?
  • Describe power shifts that lead toward the crisis moment.
  • Which fiction writing technique was best exemplified in the story? Why?
  • How might you apply a technique exemplified by the story in your own work?
  • What technique does the story inspire you to avoid? Why?

Answer at least the following questions as you write about this poem:

  • How are images in the poem created?
  • What does figurative language add to the poem?
  • Which poetry writing technique was best exemplified in the poem? Why?
  • How might you apply a technique exemplified by the poem in your own work?
  • What technique does the poem inspire you to avoid? Why?

Don’t forget to draft your prose poem.

If you have questions about this exam, please email me.

 

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2010 final exam Fall 17

This final exam is worth twenty-five points.

As we’ve discussed during the semester, the exam consists of you sending your final proposal in a business letter format to your audience.

To demonstrate that you have sent it, either CC or BCC me on an email to your audience, or have me watch you put a hard copy into an addressed, stamped envelope. Once the envelope is sealed, I’ll put it in the mail for you.

The late paper policy, as written on the syllabus, applies to the final exam. Turn the exam in on time by demonstrating you’ve sent it before the end of the final exam period which corresponds to your section number on the 12th of December. The exam times are listed at the end of this post. As long as I’m CC’ed, emailing the final exam demonstrates that you’ve sent it.

I will be in my office (CB 407 F) during the final exam period if you need to visit with me in person.

If you have questions about any of this, please contact me.

 

Final Exams:

2010 044 12 Dec 1pm – 2:50pm

2010 049 12 Dec 3pm – 4:50pm

 

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