In this course, students will hone and sharpen their poetic craft through an extensive focus on the materials and techniques of their art form. Starting from the basic building block of the poem – the individual word or sound, students will engage in a series of exercises that are designed to deepen their appreciation of structure, craft, and form. We will devote special attention to the ways in which poetry can participate in the characteristic techniques of other artists whose works serve as exemplars for certain formal strategies. In addition to weekly creative writing assignments, students will write critical response papers, and will prepare a final portfolio of poems at the end of the term.
Corequisites: Students are required to attend Literature Evenings (Wednesdays, 7 – 8pm).