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POET 124 W — The Poet's Craft

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Dec 9
Drop Deadline: Oct 4
Unit(s): 3 Units
Tuition: $850
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of Thanksgiving
Sep 26—Dec 9
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 4
3 Units
Please Note: No class the week of Thanksgiving
You have the idea and the inspiration—but how to make them into a poem? It takes craft to fit the feeling to the page, to make every syllable count. Intelligently and gracefully applied, craft can deepen both the meaning and feeling of a poem. Craft is what channels the lightning. This course, suitable for beginning and practiced poets alike, offers a fun, stimulating way to hone your writing, develop a more sophisticated sense of the craft of poetry, and enjoy the daring, humor, passion, and mystery of the best contemporary poets. You will experiment with a variety of poetic forms, develop a poet’s ear for words, and learn numerous strategies for overcoming writer’s block. You will also share writing and feedback with peers, and read from a wide range of poets, including Elizabeth Bishop, Theodore Roethke, James Merrill, and Rita Dove. Finally, we will spend some time learning about the ever-changing world of poetry publishing, with an eye toward placing your work in publications.

Although the time commitment for this course is dependent upon one’s degree of participation, students should plan on investing four to six hours per week in order to participate at a substantial level.

Peter Kline, Former William Chace Lecturer in Continuing Studies; Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Peter Kline received a fellowship from the James Merrill House and an Amy Clampitt Residency Award, as well as the Southwest Review’s Morton Marr Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, Poetry, Best New Poets, Five Points, and many other journals and anthologies. He has taught creative writing at Stanford, the University of San Francisco, the University of Virginia, and James Madison University. His first collection of poems, Deviants, was published in 2013. Kline received an MFA from the University of Virginia.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Jahan Ramazani, Richard Ellmann, Robert O'Clair, Editors, The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, 3rd Edition (ISBN 978-0-393-32429-7)
(Required) John Hollander, Rhyme's Reason, 4th Edition (ISBN 978 - 0300088328)