Join acclaimed poet, editor, and translator and beloved poetry teacher Annie Finch for a reading and writing journey through the pleasures and paradoxes of the sonnet form. No previous poetry writing experience is necessary to join this intensive, hands-on online workshop.
This sonnet-writing journey takes you far into the sounds and shapes, loves and hates, meanings and uses of the most venerable and widespread poetic form in English–and then home again, to writing your own sonnet. (The class is timed just in case you want to create a love sonnet for Valentines’Day!) Each session will focus on a different branch of the sonnet through reading, discussion, and sonnet-writing. We will touch on the form’s history, structure, and impact, its many variations and what makes a sonnet a sonnet anyway, and the intriguing question of why this form has lasted and what has been its effect on the modern mind, . No previous poetry writing experience is necessary.
Strongly Suggested Book
The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, edited by Phillis Levin
A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry, by Annie FinchAn Exaltation of Forms, edited by Finch and Varnes
A Formal Feeling Comes, edited by Annie Finch
The Reality Street Book of the Sonnet, edited by Jeff Hilson
The Birth of the Modern Mind, by Paul Oppenheimer
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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.
June 30, 1:00-3:00 PM EST, September 8, 1:00-3:00 PM EST