Poetry for the People

HNR 240 - Poetry for the People

MySlice Info:

Term: Fall 2019
Class #: 12155
Section: M003
Credits: 3

Bolton, Cedric

Counts toward:
HNR Hum, Collaboration

Course Time(s):
M 03:45pm-06:30pm


Course Description:

This course seek ways to re-think models for out-of-classroom engagement with spoken word poetry, writer’s workshops, open mic, slams, and collaborations within the Hip-hop community. It also fosters and enhances the ability to read, create, analyze, and critique poetry relative to cultural movements (i.e. Civil Rights Movement, Poor People’s Campaign, Labor Movement, Black Power Movement, Women’s Movement, LGBTQ Movement, etc.). Poetry is not a luxury and teachers must convey the importance of lending your voice to that one thing you feel is important to give voice to. Each class students will discuss relevant articles/ themes to stimulate conversation and in class writing experience. Students will be critiqued by their peers on their written poetry and oral presentation of their original poems. The course is designed to build their portfolio for future readings, open mics, slams, and/or publications. Students will learn about poetry as a genre, craft and also examine the lineage and impact of spoken word poetry. Students will experiment with images, words, and music. The course will focus on why it is important to build community through writer’s workshops, open mics, and poetry slams. Students will be able to understand spoken word poetry as an emotional and therapeutic outlet for poets to voice their experiences—whether it is—love, comical, political, social consciousness, cultural or spiritual well-being, and discover that poetry has no boundaries and poetry allows individuals to stretch their imagination and create a new world.