Join acclaimed poet, editor, and translator and beloved poetry teacher Annie Finch for a reading and writing journey through the sensational mysteries of the ballad form. No previous poetry experience is necessary to join this intensive, hands-on poetry writing workshop.
From the bombing of Birmingham to the murder in Ferguson, How do we commemorate the tragedies and triumphs of our time? A deep dive into the oldest living poetic form in English, our closest link to the roots of poetry in indigenous oral tradition. Combining narrative, dramatic and lyric as no other poetic form does, the ballad is ideally suited to commemorate public and private events and to inspire action and recovery. Through reading and discussion of ballads ancient and contemporary, and through ballad-writing and -performing, we will immerse ourselves in the deep stories of this archetypal form. Topics covered include the ballad’s shrouded origins (was anonymous really a woman?), the relation between ballad, song and film, the role of history and politics in poetry, and what it takes to write a meaningful ballad today. No previous poetry experience is necessary to join this intensive, hands-on poetry writing workshop.
A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry, by Annie Finch
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About the Instructor: Annie Finch is the author or editor of more than twenty books of poetry and poetics. Her books for poets and poetry lovers include A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry, Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters, An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art, and The Body of Poetry. Finch holds a BA from Yale and a Ph.D from Stanford, has taught and lectured widely, and has received the Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award for her lifetime contribution to the art and craft of versification. Her poetry has been performed at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, installed in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and published in Poetry, Paris Review, The New York Times, and The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry.