Objective: This course aims to introduce students to the genre of poetry and its creative significance in American culture and literature. We will examine major movements of English literary movements through their key poets. Students will also learn how to write moving and original poetry, using the Masters as paragons. By the end of this course, students will feel comfortable using and identifying literal and figurative language, completing complex poetry analyses, and they will also have completed poems and pieces of creative writing. Learning how to use figurative language and construct poignant text will significantly help students in writing memorable personal statement essays for their college applications. (5, 2 hour courses)