Poetry is the oldest and most diverse of literary forms, working with language at its most fundamental levels. All writers, be they poets, novelists, memoirists, or screen-writers are best prepared to approach their craft if they have a firm understanding of how language is used in a poem.
In this introductory course, we will study poetic language from the syllable up (rhythm, pacing, metre, rhyme, alliteration, etc.) through the lens of long-lasting and emerging poetic forms. In the process, we will consider how to write vibrant sentences in all genres, and also the structures in poetry that endure, and that we can see replicated in fiction, creative-non-fiction, and beyond.
If you are interested in writing poetry, or in figuring out how poetry’s deep attention to language can enrich your other writing, then this is the course for you.