How Does One Read Poetry

¿Cómo se lee poesía?

This course is designed to familiarize students with poetry. How do we go about reading a poem? How do we feel the emotion, how can we understand its content, how can we penetrate its sometimes esoteric expression? Step by step, this course will develop techniques that allow us to read poetry in Spanish without the fear of being lost in the process. In this regard, we will study poetry not from the historical or critical point of view (schools, periods) but from its artistic essence. The first contact with the poem will be through intonation, considering that poetry has a fundamental oral component that is necessary to recognize. Yes, we will read poetry and memorize poems. From this first stage come other important elements such as rhythm and phonetic expressions. Once these elements have been established (once you read and feel the poem), the analysis will continue with the formal, rhetoric, and structural elements: theme, meaning, rhetoric and aesthetic mechanisms, intentionality, imagery and symbols. The relationship between the poets and their works, in a historical context, will be studied as the last stage of the analytical process. The final goal is to reach the level where poetry in Spanish can be a playful and enjoyable activity that surprises and delights us. (1 unit)

Required texts : 1) Delmiro Antas, Auxiliar para el comentario de textos literarios (Barcelona: Octaedro, 2005); 2) Selena Miralles, ed. Poetas de Hispanoamérica (Madrid: Clásicos Literarios, 1997); 3) Arturo Ramoneda ed., Antología poética de la Generación del 27 (Madrid: Castalia, 1990).
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SPAN 6628

All Sections in Summer 2008, LS 6 Week Session

Summer 2008, LS 6 Week Session

SPAN6628A-L08 Lecture (Opere)