Poetry with Assistant Teaching Professor Ben Leubner
July 12th 6:30-8pm — Finished
August 2nd 6:30-8pm
August 16th 6:30-8pm
The Wilder Textile Art Studio in the Emerson Suite 107a
About the workshop:
In this 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."
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.