This course examines the fundamental architecture of poetry. How do poets create a sense of shape? What are the nuts and bolts of a poem? Students will read widely in the history of poetry from traditional meters and historical forms to contemporary free verse and experimental or open forms. Part workshop and part seminar, this course will feature critical and creative assignments and is designed for majors and non-majors, writers and non-writers alike.
ENGL 204: Forms of Poetry
Instructor: Clint Wilson | T/TH 9:25–10:40 AM
This course studies the fundamental architecture of poetry: the “nuts and bolts” otherwise known as meter, rhythm, and line. Part workshop and part seminar, “Forms of Poetry” surveys the history and evolution of poetic form through a wide range of reading and writing. This course is designed for majors and non-majors, writers and non-writers alike (hint: there’s no such thing as a “non-writer!”).
Explore the work of:
Lucie Brock-Broido, Jericho Brown, Louise Glück, Sylvia Plath, Matt Rasmussen, Warsan Shire, Tracy K. Smith, Kevin Young, and Charles Wright, + many more!