01:30 PM to 04:10 PM W
Robinson Hall B204
Section Information for Fall 2019
This is a hands-on course in the building of poems from words, lines, and sentences, from images and music. We will investigate several of the many diverse poetic forms available to us, each with its own conventions and consequences, challenges and delights. Every week we will explore a specific verse, stanzaic, visual, or modal form (e.g. elegy, ode, urban pastoral...) We will work in and around various meters (accentual, syllabic, and accentual-syllabic), in and with rhyme and other musical elements, as well as with the complexities of what we call free verse.
In the end, I hope you will feel more confident of your craft, more willing both to rely on and to resist formal orders. You will be more aware of your choices because you’ll know more about the powers of repetition and variation, the frictions and complicities of sentence and line, the dynamic equilibrium at and in resolution. Forms is a foundational course and a gateway drug. Expect weekly poem-writing exercises, a midterm exam, and a final project. (prerequisite ENGH 396)