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Creative Writing: Poetry

Poems are read, violets are blue.

Poets are the sages of the ages, the voices of generations, the obscure geniuses of yore. And it's that kind of reputation that scares people away from trying their hand at it.

Little do these folks know that all poets start out by doodling (or chiseling, as the case may be) imitations of the poets that came before them.

In this course, we'll focus on your individual way of writing poems—poems that only you can write. We'll even peek at the ground broken by some of Poetryland's most famous predecessors in order to help identify what's ticking in your own creations.

If you've ever found yourself changing the words to a song on the radio so they fit your life, writing funny limericks in the margins of your English notebook, or admiring words of wisdom graffiti-ed on a highway overpass, you should probably let your curiosity win and give poetry writing a try.

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Unit 1. The Toolkit

This unit is all about poetic devices: what they are, and more importantly, how to use 'em.

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Unit 2. With Their Powers Combined: Poetry & Your Life

In this unit, we'll turn inward and focus on pulling out the unique experiences, bizarre thoughts, and secret obsessions that'll help you create poems that only you can write.

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Unit 3. Getting Weird to Generate Poems

This unit will focus on tactics for creating poems when you're feeling low on poem-fuel. There's always an idea out there.


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  • Course Length: 3 weeks
  • Grade Levels: 11, 12, College
  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Category:
    • English
    • Writing

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