University of Iowa

Exploring Poetic Form

Weekend July 21 to July 22 2018

This session will offer an intensive dive into the world of poetic form. After we analyze exemplary poems from a diverse range of poets, we’ll try experiments in meter, rhyme, fixed forms, and recent kinds of adventurous prosody. We’ll also discuss the role of form in contemporary poetry and give feedback on poems that participants have previously written, paying particular attention to elements of form. Whether you’re a seasoned sonneteer or a pro at procedural forms, whether you’re dedicated to free verse or writing poems for the first time, this session should help you think about how sound, shape, and structure can help poetry mean everything it can.