This course is based on the idea that the most interesting writing happens after the first draught. It is intended for those who believe that writing poems solely for the purpose of expressing oneself is akin to using the Internet solely for email. After all, poetry can change the way you and your readers think of the world and its inhabitants; it can break new ground for language; turn a blank sheet of paper into a teeming concert of voices and music.
In this course, you wil learn :
- Poetry Writing
1. Introduction and the Poetic Line
- The Workshop Process
- Workshopping in a MOOC
- The Starting Line
- Rack ‘em Up: Gwendolyn Brooks' We Real Cool
- We/Read Close. We/Take note.
- Game Over
2. Abstraction and Image
- What Does a Concept Smell Like?
- Beauty’s in the Eye of the Bewildered: Harryette Mullen's [if your complexion is a mess].
- The Wonky Chocolate Factory
- Read in the Shade
3. Metaphor and Other Formulas of Difference
- It is What it Isn’t
- Home Cooking: Victor Hernández Cruz's Red Beans
- Lilies and Lava
- After Dinner Meant
- Read Any Good Snooks Lately?
- There’s No “A” in Showdown: Cathy Park Hong's Ballad in A
- What That Was
- Give the Drummer Some!
- Rock “The Bells”: Edgar Allan Poe's The Bells
- Put A Ring On It
- For Whom the Bell Falls
- Clap Clap Clap
6. Sharpened Poetry: Revision Strategies
- What is Revision?
- Where Do I Start Revising?
- How Do I Start Revising a Poem I’ve Written in Form?
- How do I Incorporate Workshop Feedback Into the Revision Process?
- Revision Recap
- Give Yourself A Break
- Furniture and Figures
- Just in the Nick of Rhyme