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 poetry workshop, probing the various elements of this genre: rhythm, cadence, stanzaic structure, metre, image, and metaphoric language. You will attempt a variety of poetic forms such as the sonnet, ghazal, pantoum and read examples of published work. Over the course of eight weeks, you will create, workshop and revise a short portfolio of your own poems.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Examine and discuss creative writing elements used by published authors in poetry.
- Demonstrate a personal writing style with a sensitivity to the sounds, moods, and evocative effects of the language.
- Recognise and utilise poetic devices and elements of craft related to the readings and forms discussed in class.
- Engage in reflective writing related to your poetic practice.
- Offer insightful and constructive feedback on the creative work of your peers.
- Receive and integrate insightful and constructive feedback into your own writing.
Students can expect a variety of in-class exercises, readings, theory, group work, and discussions on the following topics:
- What Makes a Poem a Poem?
- Discussions of Image and Metaphor
- Meter and Sonnet
- Poetic Forms (Elegy, Ghazal, Blues, Pantoum, etc.)
- Confessional & Observational Poetry
- Prose Poetry
- Contemporary Poetry
- Publishing, Editing and Submitting Creative Work
Additional RequirementsThis course is available to everyone, there are no prerequisites. It counts as an elective course in the Creative Writing Certificate.
|Discussion & Workshop Participation||20%|
|Poetry Exercises (5 @ 4% each)||20%|
|Draft Poems (6 @ 5% each)||30%|
|Final Portfolio (3 revised poems)||30%|
Please note that assessments and weights are subject to change.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Creative Writing Certificate : Electives