Duke Ellington famously said, “It don’t mean a thing (if it ain’t got that swing).” In this workshop, we’ll look at how to craft a musical poem by studying some of the basics of metrical poetry and investigating how sound works within the poetic line. Participants will learn how to create ear-pleasing poetry, with a special focus on tempo, pacing, creating a line in iambic pentameter and the effective use of line breaks. More broadly, we’ll consider how sound works as a gateway to the senses and how musicality creates its own kind of meaning within a poem.
NO SET MEETING TIME: This workshop will take place over Moodle, which is an asynchronous forum based platform. The instructor will post a lesson and assignment every Monday, and participants have all week to log in and read the lessons/post assignments/comment on other classmates’ work.