Week 4: Open & Closed Poetic Form

Last week, you applied crucial literary terms to see how language can shape our imagination in poetry. You even studied poetry from the "other side" so to speak when you composed a poem based on a specific memory, similar to the poems we read during week 3.

This week, we struggle with the question of poetic form. Why do some poems rhyme and others don't? Why is free-verse still poetry? What's the point of forms in verse? And you will begin your first essay for this course this week, an explication of a poem.

This Week's Lineup of Poets:

Learning Objectives for Week 4

By the end of this week, you will be able to...

  • Identify Closed form, Open form, Sonnet, Villanelle, Anaphora, Apostrophe, Ballad, Pantoum, and Sestina.
  • Apply form rules to create a closed-form nonsense poem.
  • Discover how form contributes to meaning and creativity

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