Odes and Elegies: Form Poems for This Century

Regular $234.00
Member $210.60
September 22, 2022 - October 27, 2022
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
6 Week
Poetry Rectangle

Sonnets aren’t just for Shakespeare (or high school English classes)! Form poems are still relevant and can be vehicles for meaningful, personal, and engaging subject matter. Having “rules” to follow can help us push our work in new directions, say something old in a new way, and add texture to our manuscripts. (And, of course, have fun!)

This six-week workshop series will give poets the tools to write the dreaded (but exciting!) “form poem.” We’ll be looking at only modern examples of these forms (this ain’t your great-great-grandma’s poetry workshop), including ode, elegy, sonnet, sestina, haiku, prose poem, and my personal favorite, the contrapuntal. We’ll take a peek at modern form poems by poets including Danez Smith, Victoria Chang, and Shira Erlichman.

This workshop will be primarily generative (we will write several poems each class), but it will also include tips and tricks for how to edit different types of form poems.

This workshop is perfect for experienced poets looking to expand their writing, as well as adventurous beginners who aren’t afraid of a challenge. Poems in this workshop will cover a wide variety of themes, some of which contain mature content and may be activating for some participants.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.

Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.