English | The Craft of Poetry
W383 | 15242 | --

Cathy Bowman

PREREQUISITE:  W203 or W303 or permission of the Director of
Creative Writing.

15242 - 11:15a-12:30p TR (30 students) 3 cr.

TOPIC:  “The Line”

In this class we will experiment with the forms of poetry and focus
on elements of prosody. We’ll start the semester looking at the
music-making, oral, bodily aspects of the poem, exploring the poem’s
roots in dance and song.  We’ll try traditional scansion and learn
about rhythm, meter, and rhyme.  Next we’ll experiment with
traditional verse structures and stanza forms and rhetorical
journeys.  We will attend to prosody, “the meaning of form.”  After
trying out traditional verse forms such as sonnets, blues poems,
terza rima, and villanelle, we will venture into the worlds of “the
poetic line” after free verse. We will all experiment with various
writing exercises such as imitations, translations, diaries, poetry
comics, Oulipo experiments, sound poems, dream-writing, rhetorical
experiments, impressionistic essays, imaginative treatments, plays,
digital portraits, etymological treasure hunts, poetry piracy and
more. Some memorization will be required.  Rather than write papers,
we’ll write poems and do weekly exercises.  We will read several
essays by poets. I’ll also assign an anthology of poetry, essays,
and several collections.