LITR 3731 Creative Writing
Midterm Essay on lyric
understanding, writing, teaching
5-7 paragraph essay on what you've learned
about reading, writing, or teaching lyric poetry.
Refer to at least 3 of the following
sources (text references required):
2-3 references to textbook handout
experience of writing &
revising your own poem
workshop poems and discussions
other students' drafts and
poetry model assignments 2008 (or
other courses and outside experience
course definition of lyric poetry.
Purpose: This addition to the
poetry assignment makes it a more proper midterm and relieves some of the
pressure of the final exam, which now may cover material since the midterm.
Question: What did you know and
what have you learned about lyric poetry?
Possible contents—don’t limit
yourself to these suggestions; don’t march through them like a checklist;
they’re only prompts to help your essay develop:
Recall your previous education in
lyric poetry, both through reading and writing.
Cite examples of lyric poems or
songs that impressed you. Develop examples.
Distinguish lyric poetry from
narrative or dramatic poetry, or from fiction, drama, & other formal genres.
Review any experience writing,
tutoring, partnering, editing, or publishing poems (or acquaintances’
Summarize your comprehension or
impression of lyric poetry upon entering the course.
Survey new ideas and understandings
Ask or pose questions about lyric
poetry, its techniques, and purposes. What do and don't you understand? What
would you like to know? (Not that answers will be automatically offered, but
such questions can help you generate material and lead to critical thinking
about creative writing.)
Sources for ideas and examples:
your own poem’s development and
other students’ poems or comments
textbook ideas and examples
examples and ideas from other
Essay form: surface style; thematic
continuity and transitions
Share the spirit of lyric poetry, which
has a kind of emotional and spiritual power in addition to making basic sense.
Use recognizable terms from class but
also push your ideas to new expression with your own figures of speech or terms
from beyond this course.