Well, I've thought a lot about what to cover in this new session, but have finally settled on a short class covering the many different poetic forms. I'm not going to cover poetic literary devices (alliteration, onomatopoeia, figurative language, etc.), since that would be a repeat of last year's "class". (However, I'm sure that I'll have to touch on many of those terms.)
Here are my goals, and I'll start working on class #1 right away, probably to be posted on Monday:
1. Teach the basics of several well-known forms of poetry: most of them have rules for rhyme and/or meter, subject matter, length, etc.
2. Give examples from literature, and when possible, from the Writing Challenge.
3. Suggest ways that each form could be used in the Writing Challenge.
4. Give "homework" assignments to help poets of all abilities to stretch their poetic muscles.
What else would you want to see taught in a class about poetic forms?
Here are some of the forms that I'd like to teach about. I'm familiar (more or less) with most of these, and I think they'll be the most accessible to FaithWriters poets. Are there others that I should add to my list?
NOTE TO ANYONE NEW TO THE BOARDS, OR TO THE MASTER CLASS: This isn't a "class" in the traditional sense, not at all! I post a lesson, and the wonderful people here at FaithWriters add their input--often correcting or enhancing my efforts. We do a lot of back-and-forth dialogue, and by the end of the week, we ALL have a better understanding of the week's topic.
I don't have any particular expertise on these forms aside from a lifelong love of poetry, and several years of collaborative teaching with some excellent high school literature teachers.
There's no attendance taken, no mandatory assignments, no grading, no fee. Just writers talking about writing.
Last edited by glorybee
on Mon May 17, 2010 7:03 am, edited 1 time in total.