Brian R Christian
Intensive study of various aspects of the craft verse. Readings in contemporary verse and writing using emulation and imitation. Prerequisite: ENGL 283; ENGL 284.
THE CRAFT OF VERSE: THE SERIES AND THE SEQUENCE
We're familiar (from 283) with the elements of craft that happen at the level of an individual line, or poem: image, metaphor, meter, sound, diction, syntax, register, form, and the like. But some of the most fascinating (and less easily named) things in poetry happen at the multi-poem level. We'll widen our zoom lens, as it were, and look at 20th and 21st Century poets who are doing some very interesting and curious things with series and sequences of poems; we'll attempt to inhabit their aesthetics by "forging" additional poems in the sequence (and trying to convince each other that they're genuine); and ultimately we'll conclude by writing a 9-page series/sequence of our own.
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