Poetry is often described as a conversation—with the self, the world, and the work of other writers.
In this introductory course, you'll gain the tools you need to enter the conversation through a hands-on study of poetic techniques and structures. You'll examine poetic language, exploring how elements such as rhythm, pacing, alliteration and repetition can transform a line and make it sing.
You'll also study traditional and emerging forms as windows into the hidden machinery of a poem, experimenting with everything from sestinas to sonnets, ghazals to glosas, found poetry to spoken word. You'll read contemporary and classic poems and use them to inform your work, give and receive feedback on poems-in-progress, and consider the skills involved in giving a public reading. All the while, you'll be in conversation—with yourself, the world, the poems, your instructor, and a supportive community of other writers.