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MFA Course Descriptions

IMF 55300
Poetry Craft Foundations

Instructor: Ryan Smith

Class Type: Craft

Course Description:

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
ISBN 9780393321784

The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song
Author: Ellen Voigt
ISBN 9781555975319


Lindenwood University
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301