Course Description

ONLINE: As poets, we face a primary decision about every poem we write. How will the poem appear on the page? Will we choose free verse or select to write in a structured, transmitted form? In this course, we will read exemplary poets who write in both styles, and try our hand at forms one week and free verse the next. Some forms may be new to students, such as the ghazal, the pantoum or the tanka. Optimally, each student will submit three formal (in form) poems and three free verse poems. They may choose to create new poems or submit what they have previously written. Students will send their poems to the instructor each week, and she will send a response. In our classroom discussions, we will describe how we experience each poem, explore what is interesting or exemplary, and voice any questions we may have. Often these thoughtful conversations provide discoveries and ideas for how to refine and hone our poems. | Facilitated discussion, Active Skill Learning.

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Section Title
Poet's Choice: Forms or Free Verse
Online - Zoom
1:30PM to 2:45PM
Jan 31, 2023 to Mar 07, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
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Section Notes

: Simple computer skills are necessary for this course. Students will be receiving weekly assignments, instructor notes and the collected poems each week via email. They will also be emailing their poems to the instructor. A printer is not required but would be very useful to print the collected poems for our weekly discussions.

Required reading:
Mark Strand and Evan Boland, "The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms" (9780393321784)

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