This course concentrates on the analysis and study of English and American poetry and its forms. It will guide students to recognize the role and nature of the technical elements of poetry as they contribute to make meaning. As a result of this, students would be able to enjoy reading poetry more fully, with the ability to recognize and evaluate the elements that compose a poem. Both in-class discussion and student presentation of poetic analysis are emphasized, and all work is designed to move the student toward improved competency in reading, writing, and thinking. Upon completion of the course, students will read closely, write effectively and think critically.