A rare deep dive into the source of some of poetry’s most mysterious powers for poetry lovers and new and experienced poets alike. In addition to discussion of participants’ poems, topics will include how to hear and scan various meters, how to read metrical poems aloud with grace and panache, and how to appreciate poets’ different metrical styles.
Form is the yoga practice of poetry, and meter is the basis of form. Like the study of yoga, the study of meter can benefit from the discipline and support of group practice, no matter what your level of experience. This hour-long poetry meter workshop, based on Annie Finch’s book A Poet’s Craft, is designed for poetry lovers and new and experienced poets alike. Just bring your questions, passions, and curiosity about meter along with your own metrical poems and/or your favorite passages of metrical or rhythmic poetry.
In addition to discussion of participants’ poems, topics may include:
- What’s the best way to scan metrical poetry and why
- Tips to tell which syllable should be stressed in a word
- Why reading metrical poetry aloud is different from reading free verse
- Is there really meter in free verse
- Tips for revising poetry in meter
- Are all meters equal, or not?
- How to read poems in meter aloud with grace and panache
- Has the role of meter in poetry changed?
- How to appreciate poets’ different metrical styles
- Tips for scanning iambic, dactylic, anapestic, and trochaic meters, ballad meter, and more.
You are welcome to share your own metrical exercises or poems-in-progress for workshop discussion — or just listen, learn, and enjoy, reading aloud your own favorite metrical poems and discovering new ones. An ongoing poetry meter workshop, Meter Matters is always different because it changes depending on who is participating and the poems and questions you bring. But what will never change is our passionate attention to poetic meter.
This special workshop with acclaimed poet and renowned prosodist Annie Finch offers a rare deep dive into the source of some of poetry’s most mysterious powers.
Please join us!