ClassPoetry: Imagination, Story, Music, Form
This class is an introduction to the four “temperaments” in poetry—imagination, form, story, and music. This class is for beginning poets who are interested in identifying their own strengths and weaknesses and are interested in discussing the published work of poets they admire. A prompt will be provided each week that will encourage you to experiment, play, and deepen your relationship with each temperament.
We will use Gregory Orr’s essay “The Four Temperaments” as a loose guide and explore how we can both strengthen our natural abilities and develop those that might come less easily. Please obtain a copy of The Best American Poetry 2017 edited by Natasha Trethewey for class.
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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 email@example.com or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.