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

What Makes It a Poem? How to Make and Break the Poetic Line

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  • $75.00 Non-Member
  • $65.00 Member

Class Description

This seminar focuses on an aspect of poetry that may seem simple, but is not: Which words should go in each individual line of a poem? Since the ascendance of free verse, line breaks are arguably the single defining characteristic of poetry, but the decision to break a line in one place rather than another can seem arcane and mysterious. Using close readings of poems, Catherine Wagner’s principles of the “Six S’s,” and exercises, we will demystify the process of making—and breaking—lines of poetry. Poets can bring one or two of their own poems for workshopping of the lineation. They will also leave with a nuanced understanding of the many factors involved in line breaks, as well as a couple of prompts with which to begin writing new poems.

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This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

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!