Course Description

IN PERSON: Ekphrastic poetry is poetry inspired by an encounter with a work of art. We will begin by reviewing basic poetry mechanics, including: forms of poetry such as free verse, blank verse, ode, elegy and haiku; elements of poetry such as meter, rhyme, scheme, stanza and verse; and poetic devices such as alliteration, anaphora, enjambment, hyperbole, metaphor and simile. We will explore examples of ekphrastic poems and the art that inspired them, including "Ode on a Grecian Urn" and "The Starry Night." We will examine the following works of art to inspire us: “The Blue Marble” photograph, Raphael’s “The School of Athens," Rembrandt’s “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee," Rembrandt’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son” and Jean Simeon Chardin's “Soap Bubbles.” The course will be a combination of in-class writing and engagement/discussion. The goal is for participants to write at least one ekphrastic poem and share their poem and the corresponding inspiring art by the end of the course. | Lecture + Q&A, Facilitated discussion, Active Skill Learning.

Max enrollment: 30.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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Ekphrastic Poetry
Classroom - In Person
11:00AM to 12:30PM
Feb 01, 2023 to Apr 05, 2023
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: No prerequisites required, just a teachable spirit. Bring a laptop and/or writing materials (a laptop is not required) to class. There might be a field trip to the North Carolina Museum of Art and/or the Nasher Museum of Art. We will consider making a course website, to include participants' ekphrastic poems and the inspiring works of art.

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