Creative Writing: Poetry
What are we talking about when we talk about poetry? What differentiates an ode from a sonnet? Why does modern poetry rarely rhyme? How do you read a poem aloud? In this workshop course, students will be introduced to a glossary of poetic terms and forms. For the first few weeks, students will read from a selection of specific poetic forms (ode and elegies, blank verse, fixed verse, free verse, sonnet, ekphrasis, et al) and then craft an original poem of their own in that poetic form. That being said, experimenting with poetry is highly encouraged. Robert Pinsky writes that, “true form is creative” and “the best form has an element of idiosyncrasy”; James Fenton claims that the handling of rhythm and form in poetry is “instinctive rather than codified.” Students will have the option after the first few classes of continuing to write a new poem in a specific form each week or to write in whatever form they wish. Poems will be read aloud and discussed in a lively, constructive workshop setting. All experience levels are welcome.
Course Code Date Time
CSP 4000 24484 Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 Thursdays, 7:45PM-9:45PM
Registration Deadline: October 15, 2020