Traditional Poetic Forms


Learn how to write poetry in traditional forms in this workshop that explores classic and contemporary approaches to form.


What you can learn.

  • Get an overview of the most common and beloved poetic forms
  • Write work in traditional form based on prompts
  • Explore meter, rhyme, and other elements of repetition that comprise the rules of traditional forms
  • Read poetry and poetics to guide your creative expression

About this course:

Traditional poetic forms are among the oldest traditions in written language. While free verse has come to dominate our current era, poetic forms offer practical challenges to writing and revising poetry. Students will write in traditional forms from the past to examine their own contemporary experiences by learning to wrangle and tame meter, rhyme and other elements of repetition. Students will read and learn about poetry and poetics to guide their creative expression. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify, discuss and write poetry in traditional poetic forms.

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Speak to a student advisor. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
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