Description of Class
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Poetry comes to the studio this winter!
Whether you’ve been writing poems on your own, need a refresher, or are curious about the genre, learn the fundamentals of poetry and practice some of its defining features in this new 4-session class.
We’ll read and discuss classic and contemporary poems, and then try our hand at a variety of techniques and styles. Each week will focus on a different element:
Week One: Poetic Forms
From the classic sonnets of Shakespeare to the simple brilliance of haiku to the rambling free verse of modern poetry, we’ll look at the many forms that poetry can take, experiment with rhyme and meter, and discuss how and when to break the rules.
Week Two: Sound
The focus here is on the ear, and the ways that sounds combine to evoke feelings in a reader. We’ll look at how poets like Medbh McGuckian, Mina Loy, and others use language and sound, and practice writing some sound poems of our own.
Week Three: Clarity
We’ll leave density behind this week and focus on that underrated quality: clarity. Poems by Philip Larkin, Leontia Flynn, Matthew Sweeny and other writers will show us the power of conveying complex ideas in simple, direct language.
Week Four: Image & Idea
Poetry, though a form of writing, can be a visual art that focuses deeply on images. We’ll consider how poets such as Anne Carson and Ciaran Carson have examined objects, the natural world, and other works of art to create stirring poems, and also explore how to communicate large ideas with our words.
Poets at Every Level
Students will complete writing exercises each week in class and at home, and leave the course with several new poems and ideas to develop further. No prior experience with poetry is necessary. Only a desire to write, read, and experiment with the genre!