8 Week Poetry Workshop: Make Another One Just Like the Other One--Poetry in Stanza Forms

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This course explores all the major stanza forms in English, the stanzas that some of our greatest poets have used to write some of the greatest long (and some short....) poems in the language, from Pope's satires to Tennyson's "In Memoriam," Shakespeare's "Venus and Adonis," Byron's "Don Juan," Spenser's "Faerie Queene" and many more. The forms we'll cover: couplets, tercets, quatrains, Venus and Adonis Stanzas (6 lines), Rhyme Royal (7 lines), Ottava Rima (8 lines) and the Spenserian Stanza (9 lines). Each week students imitate one of the forms and scan their own work and that of others. Most importantly, students are required to have a good time doing so, but who can resist? I guarantee delicious excitement of all kinds...but judge for yourself: 

And Julia's voice was lost, except in sighs,
Until too late for useful conversation;
The tears were gushing from her gentle eyes,
I wish, indeed, they had not had occasion;
But who, alas! can love, and then be wise?
Not that remorse did not oppose temptation;
A little still she strove, and much repented,
And whispering 'I will ne'er consent'--consented.  
-- Byron, "Don Juan," Canto I, stanza 117
 
I can't teach you to write like Byron (that would be quite a trick)....but I can help you to understand his techniques. Join us.



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