Department of English

Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

2202242  Introduction to the Study of English Poetry


Puckpan Tipayamontri

Office: BRK (Boromrajakumari Building) room 1106.1

Office Hours: W 24 or by appointment

Phone: 0 2218 4703


Group 3

BRK 303

T 122,  Th 1112



! The final is on Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 13 p.m in BRK 401. It has 2 parts: Part I (worth around 45 points) consists of three essay-type questions on seen poems from p. 56 to the end of the coursebook; Part II (worth about 25 points) expects responses of short and medium length to five questions on an unseen poem. See links for exam help:

! Tentative Conference Program (download program as Word file)

Thursday, September 11


1.     Does Anger End?: The Warning in Meter and Rhyme Scheme in William Blake’s “The Poison Tree”

11:00 – 11:25 a.m. (BRK 303)

Moderator: Uracha Ajaneeyakul

1.    Pattaraporn Watcharachote, English major

2.     Panyarath Lakeborwornwong, English major

3.     Chatchai Rienthong, English major


2.     Toward Eternity in Sonnet 18: How Shakespeare Gives Life with Words

11:30 – 11:55 a.m. (BRK 303)

Moderator: Panyarath Lakeborwornwong

1.     Suthida Himinkool, minor

2.     Ornrumpa Kanchanomai, minor

3.     Sirirak Tharak, minor

4.     Hathai Ballapapinant, minor

5.     Uracha Ajaneeyakul, minor




Tuesday, September 16


3.     Poetry Potluck

12:00 – 12:55 p.m. (BRK 303)

Hosted by 2202242 group 3; currently on the menu: (“dreams of the”) bird sandwiches, Bubbles of Life (drink), apples, cake, “helmet” Chinese buns


4.     Life Beyond Words: Atwood's Variations on the Words "Love" and "Sleep"

1:00 – 1:25 a.m. (BRK 303)

Moderator: Hathai Ballapapinant

1.     Atita Uttravanich, communication arts minor

2.     Haruthai Chaisanee, information minor

3.     Apichaya Kotaravivat, information minor

4.     Sutharinee Akeboonyuen, information minor

5.     Ampira Onlaor


5.     Student Poetry Reading

1:30 – 1:55 a.m. (BRK 303)

Student readings of their "Chula Life" poems


! For class on Thursday, September 11, 2008 (see also detailed schedule):

! For class on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 (see also detailed schedule):

! Midterm is Tuesday, July 22, 2008, 122 p.m. in BRK 303.  There will be two parts: Part I (35 points) covers course material from reading and discussion through allegory and Rossetti's Up-Hill (Coursebook from beginning to page 54). It consists of 3 essay questions that require you to demonstrate your comprehension of course material and your critical, analytical skills in writing that is clear, organized and shows you can synthesize information; Part II (15 points) is on an unseen poem, mostly short-answer.

! Discussion of Assignment 2 on Carl Sandburg's poem. (Word file of Assignment 2)


! For Thursday, July 10, 2008 (see also detailed schedule):

  • E-mail me your reading response on "To Have and/or Have Not"; choose one poem from the coursebook to focus on unless you want to compare/contrast several poems

  • E-mail me your "Chula Life" poem

! E-mail me your Tuesday, June 24, 2008 childhood poem


! E-mail me your Tuesday, June 17, 2008 in-class writing on Atwood's "Dreams of the Animals"


! E-mail me your Tuesday, June 10, 2008 in-class writing:

  • Your studying methods: describe what you do when you are reading poems for this class; list all your steps

  • Response to Collins' "Introduction to Poetry": Are his last five lines true? Are they an accurate description of how you treat a poem?

Course Outline

Detailed Schedule (Group 3)


Class Time and Location: T 122, Th 1112 (BRK 303)


Texts: Coursebook (includes about 40 poems, reading questions, and key literary terms) and handouts


Requirements and Expectations

  • Attendance and Participation: Discussion of the poems and reading materials will be a big part of this class and you are encouraged to express your opinions, share observations and ask questions. This is an important way to learn and increase your understanding about poetry. Use this opportunity in class to expand your perspectives!

  • Student Presentations: Each of you will be presenting twice.

Syllabus (Word file; see last year's syllabus)


Blackboard Academic Suite for Group 3

Studying Literature

More poetry links and references...

  • "Help Me, O Heavenly Muse" by Edward Hirsch (What is poetry?)

  • Hollander, John.  Rhyme's Reason: A Guide to English Verse.  Enl. ed.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989.

  • Lennard, John.  The Poetry Handbook: A Guide to Reading Poetry for Pleasure and Practical Criticism.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.

  • Strand, Mark, and Eavan Boland, eds.  The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms.  New York: W. W. Norton, 2000.

  • The Poetry Society of America

  • Poetry International Web

  • The Poetry Foundation

  • Like Waiting for April (blog with tons of poems by a great variety of authors)

  • The Academy of American Poets (poets, poems, audio, essays, interviews, reading recommendations, on writing)

  • The Poetry Archive (poets, poems, historic recordings, guided tours, resources)

    • The Poetry Archive: For Students (poet in residence blog where you can write in comments and questions, other poetry websites, how to get the best of the archive, listening to poetry, historic recordings)

  • Representative Poetry On-line (wonderful resource site, includes poets, poems, timeline, glossary, bibliography, and more)

  • Poetry Out Loud (video [11:40 min.], sound clips, and photo gallery of the 2006 national finalists; the video captures wonderfully the atmosphere of the competition with comments about what poetry means to the different contestants)

  • Favorite Poem Project (interesting video collection of Americans reading and talking about their favorite poem and a bit about themselves)

Useful Texts

Abrams, M. H.  A Glossary of Literary Terms.  8th ed.  Boston: Thomson, 2005.

Gibaldi, Joseph.  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.  6th ed.  New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2003. (library has 5th ed.)

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.  11th ed.  Springfield, MA: Mirriam-Webster, 2003.

The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.  Eds. Alex Preminger, Terry V. F. Brogan, and Frank J. Warnke.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1993.

Oxford English Dictionary.  2nd ed.  20 vols.  Oxford: Oxford UP, 1989.

Roget's International Thesaurus.  6th ed.  Ed. Barbara Ann Kipfer.  New York: Harper, 2001. (library has 3rd ed.)



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