Poetry Craft Foundations
Instructor: Ryan Smith
Class Type: Craft
This course is an in-depth study of foundational craft elements for writing literary poetry. Elements include classic poetic forms and contemporary poetic style; use of enjambment and stanza breaks for effect; techniques for creative language usage and effective description; development of the poet’s voice; and use of thematic references and literary allusions. Includes theory and application through writing exercises. This course is highly recommended for students declaring a Poetry emphasis for the MFA in Writing degree.
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms
Editors: Mark Strand and Eavan Boland
The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song
Author: Ellen Voigt