ClassTraditional and Contemporary Forms: 6 Poems in 6 Weeks
Formal poems require just enough rules to engage your inner Word-Nerd and to set your imagination free. Build your literary muscles by practicing two traditional forms—the Arabic Ghazal and the French Villanelle—and four forms created by American poets: the Triversen (William Carlos Williams) the Golden Shovel (Terrance Hayes), the Duplex (Jericho Brown) and the Bop (Afaa Michael Weaver). We’ll study poems by accomplished poets for inspiration and guidance as we write our own.
The teaching artist will share her most successful strategies for working in form, point out common pitfalls, and encourage revision. Classes are divided between lecture, close reading/discussion, Q&A, and sharing work (optional, but encouraged). The final class breaks into small groups to share feedback and encouragement for our revisions. You’ll leave this class with new skills to improve your formal and free verse poems with richer music, smarter line breaks, and more confidence with revision.
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