Online Class: Poetry Writing 101


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Course Description

This poetry course is created for the lover of poetry who wants to learn how to appreciate the art even more. It is also for student poets who want to improve their craft.  This course is thorough in teaching all students everything they need to know about reading, interpreting, and writing poetry. This course is a must-take for any budding poet out there who wants to hone their skills and learn to write high quality, great poetry that others will appreciate. 

Through various assignments and essays, each student will learn to do the following:

  • Determine and understand the meanings of poems.
  • Recognize and utilize the devices used in writing poetry.
  • Understand the theory and history of poetry to strengthen their skills and appreciation.
  • Write different types of poetry.
  • Become a skilled, knowledgeable poet or lover of the art. 
  • Identify different types of poetry.
  • Create a chapbook suitable for publication.
  • And much more.

Poetry is a verbal art form that requires both understanding and appreciation to master. Simply reading a few poems and having their meanings explained to you is not nearly enough to fully appreciate poetry – or to become a great poet.   That is why this course will provide each student with a great deal of lessons, explanations, essays and assignments to deepen understanding and apply what has been learned.
 
 
 
To be a great poet, you have to think like a great poet. There are reasons why Frost is so well known and why his poetry will be studied for generations to come, just as there are reasons why some poets that are around today will never be forgotten because they'll never be known.  

Great poetry is not the ability to string together flowery phrases, or to say something so nonsensical that it sounds poetic and intelligent only to the ignorant. Great poetry can be understood by anyone who reads it. And writing great poetry means having the ability to write about the ordinary in a way that's never been stated before. Poetry is a beautiful art, and it's an art that you're going to learn about in-depth throughout every lesson in this course.  

You will learn: 

  • The terminology, form, and devices used in poetry.
  • To recognize and understand the terminology, forms, and devices in great and classical poetry. You'll study poems by Frost and Dickinson, to name a few. 
  • Why the terms, forms, and devices are critical aspects of great poetry.  
  • How to apply these things to your own poetry.  

You will be taught these things in each of the lessons, then be asked to demonstrate what you've learned through various assignments. It is important that you complete each assignment given in this course, not just to achieve a passing grade, but to also take away the in-depth comprehension of poetry so you can begin to effortlessly apply it to your own work.  

You will be asked to: 

  • Complete lesson assignment exercises. Lesson exercises are placed at the end of each lesson to test your comprehension of the material covered by asking you questions. You need to complete the lesson exercises right away before advancing.  
  • Complete lesson reviews quizzes. Lesson reviews are located at the end of each lesson, and cover terminology and definitions of the material covered. These should be completed at the end of each lesson before advancing.
  • Write poetry to include in your chapbook. There will be places in this course where you will be asked write your own poem by applying devices or techniques you've just learned, then placing them in your chapbook template. All poems that you write for this are required to be no longer than 50 lines. It is hard to write a great long poem, and it is important that you learn to write great, shorter poems first. Poetry assignments appear in boxes. These poems will not be submitted to your instructor. They are just for your practice.
  • Write essays. There is an essay assignment at the end of each lesson. These essays must be completed because they challenge you to think about what you've learned and appreciate why it's important to poetry. Essays must be no longer than 1500 words.  
Introduction to Poetry 

Poetry is an art form that is older than literature, itself, and dates back to ancient times. It is used as a form of communication, a way to tell a story, and a way to express emotion. Throughout this course, you're going to learn how poetry is used to achieve all of these things by studying its form, devices, and by reading the poems of some of the greatest poets of all time. You'll learn to recognize the elements of poetry, which will help you to understand and write it. 

However, before we delve into this course, it's important to start out by discussing what poetry is not. There's a common misconception, especially since the boom of the Internet, that poetry is a form of self expression that is void of any rules or form. While it's true that a poem can be a very beautiful means of expression, it is not true that there aren't any forms or rules to it. There are devices and techniques that set poetry apart from other forms of literature, and it's applying those things to your own writing that will determine how great a poet you are.  

To be able to write good poetry, you have to understand what comprises good poetry. You have to know the forms, devices, and rules, as we said before, but you also have to be able to recognize the art of a quality poem, as opposed to regular writing broken up into poetry form. The only way to really be able to do that is to read the works of the great and notable poets, then be able to objectively compare it to your own and learn from it.

Throughout the rest of this course, we're going to learn the art of poetry.  
 
A Brief History of Poetry

In modern times, and especially in our culture, we tend to think of poetry as the expression of emotion. How can we not, when poetry lines the inside of every greeting card, when it's something romantic that we write for a loved one, and when it's so lyrical that it brings out our emotions or sticks in our heads for a long time to come. 

But the truth is, the original meaning and use for poetry had nothing to do with emotion. Poetry dates back to prehistoric times and out-dates literacy itself. The oldest surviving poem, The Epic of Gilgamesh, was written in 3000 BC on clay tablets.  

When it originated, poetry was used as a form of record keeping. Ancient societies wrote poems to record cultural events, laws, and to tell stories (epic poetry). The rhythm, beat, and rhyme of poetry made things easy to memorize and aided in accurate oral transmission. 

Think about it. If someone asked you to memorize the entire Constitution and the Bill of Rights word for word, you would probably shudder. However, if they rhymed or had a rhythm, memorization would be easier, and you'd be less likely to fumble on recitation. 
 

Poetic Form 

While there are several forms of written poetry you can use, there are a few basic components and terms that are familiar to most poetry you will read. Whenever you read a story, you know the story will contain whole sentences. From there, the sentences are divided into lines. The length of those lines are determined by the margins set for the page, with a new line only beginning when the words reach the right margin. Then, the sentences and lines are broken up into paragraphs. Paragraphs make long text easier to read and, oftentimes, a new paragraph means a new thought, subject, or direction. Poetry is different. 
The length of your lines in poetry is determined by how you want your poem to be read. The end of a line is where you want the reader to take a pause, or can even be used to emphasize a phrase or word. Punctuation does not have to be used at the end of a line, as with text. Instead, you can use an enjambment, or allow one sentence or phrase to run over into another line without using punctuation, as long as the words in the two lines are closely related.  
 
Example: 

You can write: The girl went to the store

With lightning at her heels. 

But you couldn't write: The girl went to the store

The boy went to the dentist. 

In the first example, the words in the two lines are closely related because they both talk about the girl. It is a correct use of enjambment. The second example features two lines that are unrelated. Using an enjambment here would be incorrect. Instead, you'd need some form of punctuation.  

Unlike text, where long passages are broken up into paragraphs, poetry uses stanzas. A stanza is equal to a verse. It can be defined as a group of lines whose pattern repeats throughout the poem. Think of a stanza as a "paragraph within a poem"-- each stanza is divided by a space.

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Lesson 1: Introduction: The Art of Poetry

Poetry is a beautiful art, and it's an art that you're going to learn about in-depth throughout every lesson in this course. 54 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: Enjambments
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 1 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: Irony and Tone

The biggest mistake you can make as a poet is to believe that a poem's purpose is to show emotion or convey a thought. 38 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: Chapbook.rtf
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 2 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Irony and Tone

Lesson 3: Denotation and Connotation

Denotation and connotation are two terms that are very important in poetry, especially when you're writing it, because they can determine the meaning of your words and help to set the tone of the poem. 63 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment B
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 3 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Denotation and Connotation

Lesson 4: Literal and Figurative Meanings

Literal and figurative languages are often used in poetry to give it meaning and, oftentimes, a second meaning. 51 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Irony and Poetry
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment B
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 4 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Literal and Figurative Meanings

Lesson 5: Poetic Devices A-I

Poets achieve their art by using poetic devices. These poetic devices allow poets to create tone, connotation, figurative language, and more. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Wordsworth
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 5 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: Poetic Devices A-I

Lesson 6: Poetic Devices J-Z

In this lesson, we're going to cover more of the poetic devices listed in Lesson 4. 77 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Connotation vs Metonymy
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment B
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment C
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 6 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Poetic Devices J-Z

Lesson 7: Rhyme and Meter

Rhyme is a poetic device that is defined as the repetition of two similar sounds in two or more different words. 62 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Meter in poetry; Rhyme Schemes
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment B
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 7 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Rhyme and Meter

Lesson 8: Symbolism and Archetypes

Symbolism in poetry is defined as a way to write about, or show something, that is already tangible, but to show it in a new light. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 8 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Symbolism and Archetypes

Lesson 9: Cultural Concepts

In this lesson, we're going to discuss the cultural influences of some poetry, as well as learn the forms associated with different cultures. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 9 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Cultural Concepts

Lesson 10: Parody and Translation

Parody is the imitation of another body f work, either by another writer or of another style. It relies on deliberate exaggeration to achieve a satirical, comical effect. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 10 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Parody and Translation

Lesson 11: Free Verse and Blank Verse

Although free verse and blank verse both contain non-rhyming verse, there is a difference, as you'll learn in this lesson. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 11 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Free Verse and Blank Verse

Lesson 12: Sound and Meaning

There are two basic effects that should be achieved in any poem. Those two effects are sound and meaning. 48 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: TURNINGLANGUAGEINTOPOETRY.doc
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 12 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12: Sounds and Meaning

Lesson 13: Types of Poetry and Verse

In this lesson, we're going to list the different types of poetry, such as a haiku or a sonnet. 79 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: READINGANDVERBALTECHNIQUES.doc
  • Review 3 Articles: Pyrokinection; the Bridport Prize; Types of Poetry Examples
  • Take Poll: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 13 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 13: Types of Poetry and Verse
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Identify and demonstrate irony and tone.
  • Identify and demonstrate denotation and connotation.
  • Describe literal and figurative meanings.
  • Define poetic devices A-Z.
  • Describe rhyme and meter.
  • Describe symbolism and archetypes.
  • Describe cultural concepts.
  • Know parody and translation.
  • Describe and demonstrate free verse and blank verse.
  • Describe sounds and meaning.
  • Define types of poetry and verse, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

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Course Title: Poetry Writing 101
Course Number: 9770558
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 1.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dana Kristan
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Student Testimonials

  • "I learned a lot and found the lessons most interesting. I am enrolling in the creative writing class next." -- Robert K.
  • "The course was helpful. The instructor was very knowledgeable, and understanding. I think writing the essays was most helpful. By putting in writing what you have learned and expressing your personal feelings about the different aspects of poetry helped me to retain information. I also enjoyed writing poetry for my Chap Book. I know my poems are not perfect. I still find myself going back and re-writing and editing most of them." -- Barbara C.
  • "Breaking down a poem and helping to explain the various parts was most helpful to me. Instructor was A++." -- Eddie M.
  • "I really enjoyed doing this course. The topics were very helpful and I learned a lot." -- Antonia J.
  • "I think that the whole thing was useful to me. I think the instructor was excellent in this field of study...she really knew what she was doing, and what she was talking about." -- Joslyn A.
  • "Very pleased with the instructor and have taken other courses from her and enjoy them all." -- Jim B.
  • "I really appreciated that the instructor asked for essays in each section. This clearly demonstrates much more commitment to teaching the course than self grading T/F and Multiple Choice exams - though these were used as well...I sought assistance from the Instructor so often I was concerned about being a pest. Without fail, the instructor was there with direct answers or responses, and though I'm certain she had other priorities, I always got a response NLT @12 hrs. Amazing commitment - almost like being in the classroom." -- William O.
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