The Craft of Poetry


When we think of revision, we often think in simplistic terms-which words need to be removed, which words need to be changed; move one line here, move another there. But a poem is more than words and lines on a page; it's a living and breathing body that should reflect the multi-directional, complicated, and sometimes unexpected, lives we lead. And, if the life of a poem is similar to that of the person who wrote it, then ideally both the poet and the poem should grow in the revision process. With this in mind, we will read individual poems by poets such as Ross Gay, Philip Levine, Hanif Abdurraqib, Marilyn Krysl, Ocean Vuong, and Dawn Lundy Martin, among others. Special attention will be given to the poet's use of time, the energy of the metaphor, thematic expansion, circularity-and how these considerations might deepen and widen the scope of student drafts. Students will come prepared with poems in need of care that will be revised and workshopped. By the semester's end, students should walk away with a small portfolio of new poems drawn from the original-and with any hope-a closer connection to the revision process. This course counts toward the Creative Writing Concentration. PREREQS: Undergraduate students must have taken Writing 322 Poetry 2 to enroll.
Course Attributes: EN H; AS HUM; FA HUM; AR HUM; WR P

Section 01

The Craft of Poetry
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