If you missed the first session, don't fret! There is still a chance to join in this workshop. During the first session we covered the basic structure of a poem. During the next two sessions, we will work on developing our own writing skills. You will need to write two poems to bring. We will be sharing our work and discussing ways to be more effective with our writing. You don't need to have any experience to join, just bring your curiosity!
In this 3 part workshop we'll be looking at some of the more technical components of poetry, which often get overlooked these days in favor of more free expression. What we'll discover, however, is that careful attention to form and technique, far from limiting freedom, actually enable it. The old saying applies here: the better you know the rules, the more effectively you can break them. Among other things, we'll cover the basics of meter, expand our conception of rhyme, discuss lineation and enjambment, and marvel over how paying attention to these characteristics of poetry allows us to suddenly say things we wouldn't have known how to say had we simply been writing "freely."
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About the teacher:
Ben Leubner received his Ph.D. in Literature from Northeastern University in 2009, where he focused primarily on poetry written in English. He has written on several poets, including Elizabeth Bishop, James Merrill, Rainer Maria Rilke, Jorie Graham, Derek Walcott, and Frank Bidart. He now teaches at MSU, where he has offered several creative writing workshops on poetic meter and form and literature courses dedicated exclusively to the study of poetry.