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, ghazel, and pantoum, 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.Your instructor will teach you different techniques and the workshops will make you more comfortable with offering early drafts of your work to discerning, thoughtful readers. By the time you finish this program you will be amazed at how your personal writing style has become more robust and sensitive.
By the end of this course, students will demonstrate their learning in the following ways;
- Developing a personal writing style 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.
- Offering insightful, constructive criticism on the creative work of your peers.
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, Prosody, and Lineation
- Poetic Forms (Sonnet, Ghazal, Blues, Pantoum, etc.)
- Free Verse
- Prose Poetry
- Contemporary Poetry
- On Self-editing and Submitting Creative and Critical work
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