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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Jane Seitel is an expressive arts therapist, a writer and a teacher. She has taught over 20 courses at OLLI. She received her MED from Lesley University and her MFA in poetry from Drew University. She founded a poetry press for women over 50. She has been honored with awards for her poetry, and is widely published.