Overview: This course will introduce students to some of the most well-known English and American works of poetry and prose, spanning from the Metaphysical poets to the Beat Generation. Students will: fam­iliarize themselves with the elements of plot development; come to understand the influence of narrative voice, characterization, and setting on the development of themes; read literary critiques; familiarize themselves with the major literary movements in American and English literature, their key authors, and preeminent texts; be able to conduct their own in-depth textual analyses; learn how to employ figurative and literary devices for effect; write and edit their own poems; and create a memorable yet concise work of fiction. By experimenting with different writing styles through learning and imitating the voices of the Masters, students will gradually find their own writing voices. (10, 90 minute lessons)