Writing in poetic forms such as the sonnet, villanelle, and sestina can seem intimidating. In “Forming Forms,” students will explore how specific poetic forms can be useful in that they restrain, challenge, and force a poet to go beyond their natural inclinations to create something new and unique, with a relationship to the framework of tradition. As a class, we will democratically chart our course through exploring forms such as; odes, eulogies, persona, narrative, Ars Poetica, ghazals, concrete, and more (yes, including sonnets, villanelles, and sestinas).
Explore a variety of poetic forms and styles
Learn to recognize how the restrictions of different forms influence and inform the poet
Gain confidence in your own writing through peer discussion and collaborative work
Discover methods of creation and composition successfully used by poets for generations
Receive detailed and constructive feedback from the Instructor on your writing
Gain confidence by sharing your work and exchanging useful feedback with other writers
June 26 - July 17, 2021
11:30am - 1:00pm CST
4 student min./10 student max.
14 - 19