The Power of the Image

Date: 9/20/17 – 12/13/17

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Intermediate

Genre: Poetry

• Regular: $420.00
• Member: $378.00
• Low-Income: $294.00

Among the many gifts poetry offers, the metaphorical image has contributed one of the richest and most dynamic pleasures to be found in contemporary literature. In this class we'll explore ways in which the image has periodically revitalized world poetry, and in weekly writing exercises invite its enlivening and unpredictable energy into our own poems.

In the hands of master poets from Baudelaire and Neruda to Bly and Hirshfield, the image has opened startling, often strangely beautiful new vistas to modern readers. We'll discover the contemporary poetry image from its origins among the Symbolist poets of the 19th century through later movements such as Imagism, Surrealism, Beat poetry, and "Deep Image" poetry, up into the present day, deepening our understanding and appreciation of its visionary power. We'll also focus on world literatures especially rich in the poetic image, from Scandinavia to Latin America. The class will culminate in an examination of the image in poetry today and going forward.

Small copy fee payable to the teaching artist. No class 11/22.