Riggio: Shakespeare and Poetry
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: MFA Creative Writing Program
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3877
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Poetry
  • Literature
  • Civic Engagement
In this course we explore techniques, forms, and issues in four Shakespeare plays and a selection of poetry. Henry the Fourth, Part One is a father-son drama; a study of power politics in a world similar to ours; and a guide for the invention of dramatic form. As You Like It, a romantic comedy with a sharp contemporary edge, points the way to the creation of love in a difficult world, and also to the creation of new dramatic and poetic forms. Hamlet, intensely focused on the boundaries of personal and public life, rewrites As You Like It in a darker key. The Tempest, a fantasy of love, poetry and power politics, remains a seminal work for novelists, filmmakers, poets, and artists. We also read selected poems by Whitman, Dickinson, Anne Carson, Harryette Mullen, David Lehman, Elaine Equi, Wislawa Szymborska, Charles Simic, Blake, Wordsworth, Yeats, Auden, and others. In exploring these plays and poems, student readers and writers will learn how to understand and use them in their work and in their lives.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.