The fundamental issues and recent problems in poetics. Exploration of both classic statements and current scholarship to obtain an overview of a field in the process of renewal. Topics may include the nature of the poetic; figurative language; technical, social and historical approaches; poetological accounts of major periods and movements (e.g. the baroque, classicism, symbolism, modernism, Language poetry); and recent experiments in poetry that respond to developments in poetics. Both the scholarship and the poems under consideration come from multiple traditions, national and ideological. Readings include works by Auerbach, Jakobson, De Man, Paz, Hartman, Forrest-Thomson, and Agamben.