Do you ever wonder why poetry is so hard to understand? Why poets don’t just say what they mean? Does your idea of a “good” poem invoke memories of “Roses are red, violets are blue”? Inkwell can help with any frustration!
This class develops your ability to understand and appreciate short poems. It will help you read poetry like a critic and analyze it like a pro. The curriculum is designed to provide tools to unlock the significance of tropes and schemes that poets use in crafting their verse. But most of all, it will expand your ability to enjoy the beauty of poetry.
The class includes three sets of poems paired by common aspects. Using a STEP-DATE process, you will hone the core skill of annotation. A technique of slow and close reading, annotation is key to unlocking and understanding the structure, meaning, and style of a poem. You will learn to annotate . . .
Five Elements of Poetry:
- Other Figures of Speech & Rhetoric
Following class discussion of the poems, you will present three projects that creatively reflect your understanding of nuances of their meaning, tone, and style. One is a visual illustration, another a connection to music, and a third a pastiche poem. Both collaboration and individual effort are involved. To prepare these projects, some work outside of class is expected.
Class sessions consist of . . .
- mini lessons
- reading and response
Recommended Level—grades 9-12
Length of Class—eight one-hour sessions
Time—Mondays from 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Date—Sept. 27 – Nov. 15, 2021
Location—online via live face-to-face video conferencing
Tuition–$175, payable in 2 installments
• $80 deposit* due by Sept. 10, which includes handouts, plus a 2nd payment of
• $95 due on the first day of class
Book—Handouts are required. As part of your payment, you will receive electronic copies to self-print.
Small class sizes from 6-12 students ensure that all students receive personal attention.
* The deposit is nonrefundable, though it will be returned if minimum enrollment is unmet.