Crafting Musical Poetry

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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.

About Jodie Hollander

Jodie Hollander, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was raised in a family of classical musicians. She studied poetry in England, and her poems have appeared in journals such as The Poetry Review, The Yale Review, PN Review, The Dark Horse, The New Criterion, The Rialto, Verse Daily, The Best Australian Poems of 2011, and The Best Australian Poems of 2015. Her debut full-length collection, My Dark Horses, is published with Liverpool University Press (Pavilion Poetry) in the UK and Oxford University Press in the US.

Teaching Style: Jodie likes to foster an honest and nurturing environment where students feel safe to take risks and strike out of their comfort zone.


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