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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Songs That Come Apart Like Rosaries: Image and Metaphor

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  • $150.00 Non-Member
  • $130.00 Member

Class Description

I dreamed a knife like a song you can’t whistle

— Frank Stanford

Images and metaphors are the meat and potatoes of poetry. As foundational elements, they can both sharpen and cloud our understanding of poems. It’s important for us to be able to distinguish between the two effects. While image and metaphor can sometimes be difficult to pin down, we’ll focus on using them to strengthen and clarify meaning in your poems. We’ll read work by a wide array of writers to uncover their implicit and explicit meaning. We’ll think about how you can use images and metaphors as generative tools in your writing process. For this course, you may bring in early drafts of poems for us to discuss, or we can talk about pieces you’ll produce through in-class writing exercises. We’ll work together to shape your writing, while thinking about opportunities for expansion and contraction. Our reading for this course includes: Natalie Diaz, Ross Gay, Dean Young, Brenda Shaughnessy, T.S. Eliot, Rebecca Lindenberg, and Frank Stanford.

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This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!