Evolution and Revolution: in poetry, in the world
Discussing revision by examining the evolution of specific poems.
JW Centre, Finchley Road, 2-4pm, November 22, 2017
Poets and Patrons Poetry Workshop
Recognizing and Understanding (Your) Meter
co-taught with Debra Bruce
Saturday, August 22, 1pm
Chicago Public Library, Howard Washington Library, 300 S. State Street (Room 6N, 3rd Floor)
Whether you write in free verse or traditional form, the words in your poems make some kind of music—the rhythm of your phrases, the use of refrain and repetition, or even patches of poetic meter you haven’t been consciously aware of—this is what makes your poem “sound like you.” Poets Debra Bruce, confessed “meter-geek,” and Andrea Witzke Slot, a “semi-formalist poet,” will discuss these musical elements, particularly the use of traditional meters, in their own writing, and they will lead a workshop focused on listening to the individual rhythmic and metrical music of poems submitted by participants in the class.
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