Poetry Writing II — Syllabus

Tension: Poets control tension in different ways, tones, and styles.

Metaphor: Powerful poems with and without metaphor. The benefit of figurative language.

The Line: Emotional impact of varying line lengths.

Meaning: Different readers' interpretations. Impressions and ideas.

Philosophy poems: Exploring the reasons we write and our intentions.

Sentimentality: Emotional vs. sentimental.

Elegy: Writing about loss. Memorializing in poetry.

Perspective: Interpretations.

The Impersonal I: Different kinds of first person narration.

Final Lines/Stanzas: How to wrap up a poem's ending. Getting the tone right. Letting the arc naturally dissolve and come to a rest.

Note: Content may vary among individual classes.