Leader: David J. Rothman
Dates: June 5 - June 16
Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Times: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (AZ), 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (CDT)
This class explores how to read, write, study and teach verse, the most fundamental of the magical things poets do with words. Why magical? Because verse is an expression of language that not only says things, but also does things. In prose, you can express any meaning language affords; you can use any word, any syntax, any figure of speech, and take up any subject, any image, any tone, even at times any rhythm. What you can’t do in prose, however, is deploy verse techniques that poets argue endlessly over: meter, rhyme, stanza forms, lyrical forms (such as the sonnet, the limerick and sestina) and more. In this sense, the techniques of verse have more in common with promises, blessings and vows than with any kind of descriptive writing. And these techniques are key to understanding how poetry works, for they are language not only as object but also as action.
Rothman, David, and Susan Delaney Spear. Learning the Secrets of English Verse: The Keys to the Treasure Chest (Springer Texts in Education). 1st ed. 2022, Springer, 2022. ISBN: 978-3030530952
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