The Art of Imitation: Using the Works of Master Poets to Explore and Develop Craft
Date: 2/19/18 – 2/23/18
Location: The Loft at Open Book
Day of the Week: Monday;Tuesday;Wednesday;Thursday;Friday
Time: 10:00 - 4:00 pm
Class Level: Open to All Levels
• Regular: $525.00
• Member: $472.50
• Low-Income: $367.50
The painters and sculptors of the Renaissance began their careers as apprentices, copying the work of master artists before attempting their own work. This class takes this concept as its starting point and is a combination of writing, discussion, sharing, and serious play. While every poem has its own formal imperatives, imitating another poet's strategies allows us to practice technique and gain insights into the relationship of form and content.
What, for example, can we learn about tone and pacing by imitating the syllable count, line length, rhyme, and punctuation pattern of Masefield's "Up On the Downs"? When we imitate the syntactical and grammatical moves in a poem by Eamon Grennan, what do we discover about narrative suspension and lyric depth? Daily discussion of several poems will allow you choose and isolate the strategies you would like to imitate. Daily in-class writing will generate new material to use in your imitations. And, because learning poems by heart is yet another way of embodying language, you will be encouraged to memorize a poem of at least 20 lines to recite during our last meeting. No copy fee; readings sent electronically. Suitable for poets of all levels. Bring a bag lunch; we'll eat while we write and break as needed!