Philosophy of Poetry
This 1-credit course will meet once a week during the first half of the spring 2014 semester.
The course will acquaint students with selected important texts on the philosophy of poetry, beginning with Socrates and eventually moving to the work of contemporary philosophers. Students will also examine poetry, including some of their own choosing, to consider how these philosophical ideas can enrich—or problematize—our feelings about poems and our interpretations of them. The course’s materials will sometimes straddle the line between “philosophy” proper and literary criticism, providing an opportunity for students interested in both subjects to explore the boundaries between disciplines. Note: This is not a poetry writing course.