W.H. Auden wrote, “A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.” But what exactly makes a poem a poem? You will explore this question while attending an eight-week workshop, probing the various elements of this genre: rhythm, cadence, stanzaic structure, metre, image, voice and metaphoric language. You will attempt a variety of poetic forms such as the sonnet, glosa and villanelle and will read examples of published work. Over the course of eight weeks, you will create, workshop and revise a short portfolio of your own poems.
What is unique about this course?
This course is very hands-on and interactive. Over the course of the semester you will write and workshop a number of poems, and then revise and hand in three of them for marks. Don't worry, you will have plenty of support and encouragement along the way! You will use techniques such as keeping a journal to record your ideas, thoughts, and reactions to the discussions. You will have plenty of opportunities to participate in the many workshops which are at the core of this course. The workshops exist to get you more comfortable with offering early drafts of your work to discerning, thoughtful readers and developing the skills to assess and incorporate (or not) the feedback you receive. By the time you finish this program you will be amazed at how your personal writing style has become more robust and sensitive, and how your ability to offer insightful criticism on the creative work of your peers has improved.
By the end of this course, students will demonstrate their learning in the following ways:
- Offering insightful, constructive criticism on the creative work of your peers
- Developing a personal writing style in your poetry with a sensitivity to the sounds, moods, and evocative effects of the language
- Reflecting, in writing, on your poetic practice as it relates to the theories and forms discussed in class.
The topics for this course can to vary but you can expect a variety of in-class exercises, readings, theory, group work, and discussions on topics such as:
- What Makes a Poem a Poem?
- On Rejection & Submitting Creative & Critical Work
- Free Verse
- Cadence & the Line
- The Prose Poem
- The Stanza
- Discussion of Form: Glosa
- Discussions of Image & Metaphor
- Haiku & Short Poems
Additional RequirementsThis course is available to everyone, there are no prerequisites. It counts as an elective course in the Creative Writing Certificate.
|Revised Poem #1||20%|
|Revised Poem #2||20%|
|Revised Poem #3||20%|
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Creative Writing Certificate : Electives