Kathryn A Lebo
Intensive study of various aspects of the craft verse. Readings in contemporary verse and writing using emulation and imitation. Prerequisite: ENGL 283; ENGL 284.
Via an intensive study of genres and forms of verse, we’ll use emulation and imitation to learn the craft of poetry. Class will start with poems that rely on persona or narrative sensibility to “say the world.” As the course continues, we’ll delve into oral traditions and public forms, segue into lyric poetry, and conclude with erasure, cryptography, and fragmentation--poetic techniques that “unsay” as much as they say. By considering how poems can signal choices the poet didn’t make as much as the choices she did, we’ll learn how to mine the tension between the said and unsaid for richer readings and writings.
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