Zoopoetics: Poetry of the Animal Kingdom
December 22, 2020
4:00 - 6:00pm EST
Live Online via Zoom
Min. 4 / Max. 15 Students
In “Zoopoetics,” you will touch on the long poetic tradition of writing about animals from various perspectives. From giant squid lurking in the deep to nesting eagles to your household critters, animals present a wide range of poetic possibilities. This poetry is a rich source of material to study poetic devices, such as symbolism and metaphor.
This Poetry Craft Seminar course includes directed group discussion of several exemplary animal-focused poems, interactive and generative creative writing exercises, and an opportunity to share each other’s work in progress before the end of the class.
Explore exemplary Zoopoetical writing and hone analytical skills through critical discussion and analysis
Gain exposure to literary themes such as animals in folklore, the human-animal connection, the exotic wild in literature and art
Study select poetic devices, such as metaphor, symbolism, personification
Build writing endurance and imaginative skills with unique writing exercises and prompts
Gain confidence by sharing your work (optional!) and providing/receiving verbal peer feedback