Craft of Poetry: Strong Measures, Rhyme’s Reasons, and Nonce Sense, Carolyne Wright (Course #2322)
Despite those sonnets that scared us off in high school, forms have a delightful ability to draw poetry out of us that we didn’t know we had! In this class we will focus on poetry’s terminology, techniques, and forms, both theory and practice. Readings will include essays on prosody covering topics such as meter, metrical forms, and rhyme. We will also read essays and theory on form, and cover presentations of many stanzaic and received verse forms (sonnets, villanelles, etc.), metrical patterns, and various poetic strategies as well as “nonce” forms. And in order better to know and grasp whereof we theorize, we will practice writing in the various forms, and write short analytical and reflective essays about what we learn from this practice.
Thirteen Ways of Looking for a Poem: A Guide to Writing Poetry
. Wendy Bishop. Addison Wesley
An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art. Annie Finch; Katherine Varnes, editors. U of Michigan Press, 2002