WRITING POETRY BWR109

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Study Poetry

Understand, critique and write poetry.

  • Produce and understand the many different types poetic writing.
  • A solid foundation course, exploring the different elements of poetry, and how to write them.

 

In bringing forth the poet inside
there is no need to stem the tide
This course has a style for me and you
From sonnets to odes and even haiku
Enrol today and find your flavour
Do your creative self a favour          

 

Whatever you write has sound. People hear your words in their heads, and so the sounds you create can draw people's attention to your message. Poets use a range of musical and figurative devices to achieve their effects. Some of these effects relate to the rhythm and metre of the words. The study of rhythm, stress, and pitch in speech is called prosody. In poetry, the meter (or metre) is the basic rhythmic structure of a verse.

The process by which we create a poem may be more important than the actual poem we create. .

Are we born with creativity or is it something that we can teach and develop? In this lesson, we are going to encourage you to think about poetry and the ways in which you write. So this lesson will consist of a string of exercises that will encourage you to think about language, and how you use it.  The way you use language in poetry is obviously different to the way that you talk. When talking, just like writing a poem, you use a wide vocabulary, but when writing poetry we tend to use more descriptive and emotive language.

 

"Stay young by taking inspiration from the young in spirit who remained creatively active all their lives: Goethe completing Faust at 80; Titian painting masterpieces at 98; Toscanini conducting at 85; Justice Holmes writing Supreme Court decisions at 90; Edison busy in his laboratory at 84; and Benjamin Franklin helping to frame the American Constitution at 80."
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Course Duration:  100 hours

 

Course Structure:

There are 9 lessons in this course -

Lesson 1 – Introduction, Nature and Scope of Poetry, Brief description of the many different types of poetry, Poetic Devices (Rhyme, Assonance, Alliteration, Personification, Onomatopoeia, Imagery,  Symbolism, Simile,  Metaphor), Styles that tell a Story (Monody, Ballad, Epitaph), Classic Styles (Sonnet, Ode, Haiku), Monorhyme, Trick Poems (Limerick, Tongue Twister, Shape Poem, Palindrome), Styles classified according to Arrangement of Lines (Quatrain Style, Pantoum, Free Verse, Villanelle, Clerihew, Damante, Acrostic Style), Keeping a Notebook, Editing, Terminology.

Lesson 2 – The Work of Other Poets – Shakespeare, Kendall, Betjeman, Angelou, Shelley, Dickinson, Edgar Allen Poe.

Lesson 3 – Encourage your Creativity – Exploring Creativity, Understanding your Own Creativity. 

Lesson 4 – Developing Different Styles of Poetry A – Some classic styles – Ode, Sonnet, Italian Sonnet, Haiku, Writing Haiku.

Lesson 5 – Developing different Styles of Poetry B – Following the Rules, Quatrain, Pantoum, Acrostic, 21st Century Visual Poetry.

Lesson 6 – Developing Different Styles of Poetry C – Poetry for Story Telling, Developing  a Story in Poetry, Planning a Story, Developing your Voice, Ambience, Ending a Story, Epitaph Style, Monody.

Lesson 7 – Developing Different Styles of Poetry D – Styles for Fun and Trickery – Funny Poems, Tongue Twisters, Limericks.

Lesson 8 – Getting Your Work Published – How and Where. Creative Writing Resources, Other Industry Resources, How and Where to Get Published, Self Publishing, Vanity Publishing.

Lesson 9 – The Next Phase – How To Continue to Improve.

 

What are the Different Types of Poetry?

There are a number of standard styles or formats which poems tend to follow. These include:


Poems Focused on Telling a Story

Ballad Style
This is a poem that tells a story; which is constructed as a series of stanzas. Each stanza would typically be two or four lines and usually a refrain. ballads often tell stories that are derived from folk lore or historical events.

Monody
This is a poem that laments the death (or cessation of existence) of a person, animal or thing.

Epitaph Style
This is a short poem commemorating the life of a deceased person; usually on a tombstone.


Classic Styles

An Ode
This is a poem that praises or speaks highly of something, some place or someone.

Sonnet
A lyric poem of fourteen lines, which may follow any of a variety of different rhyming schemes. There are a variety of different types of sonnets (eg. Italian sonnet, Shakespearean Sonnet)

Haiku
This is a Japanese style that is made up of standardized numbers of syllables in each line; but where lines do not rhyme. It is also written of focus on nature.

Haiku (also called nature or seasonal haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. Haiku is usually written in the present tense and focuses on nature (seasons).

Monorhyme
This is where all the lines have the same rhyme

Fun & Trick Poems

Tongue Twister
These involve lines that are difficult to pronounce when you speak the line fast.

Limerick Style
This is characterised by humour, rhyme and often nonsense.

Shape Poetry
Lines are written in a way that represents the shape of what you are writing about
Eg. If your subject is a person, the poem is written so that the lines comprise the shape of a person

Palindrome
This is a poem where lines read the same whether read from start to finish or (backwards) from finish to start.


Poems classified according to how lines are constructed & arranged

Quatrain Style
Comprises block of four lines of verse that adhere to a specific rhyming pattern

Pantoum
A pantoum is a poem that joins together a series of quatrains.

Acrostic Style
This is poetry that is constructed in such a way that when the first letter of each line is taken, and those letters compiled together; they will spell one or more words. The words spelt are often the same as the title

Free Verse

Free Verse is irregular. Content is free of traditional rules -free from fixed meter or rhyme.

Villanelle
A Villanelle is a nineteen-line poem consisting of a very specific rhyming scheme (eg. ide, idi, idi, idi, idee).


 

 

 

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Rachel SyersRachel has worked as a newspaper journalist for the past 15 years in a range of roles from sub-editor and social columnist to news reporter, covering rounds such as education, health, council, music, television, court, police, Aboriginal and Islander affairs, and agriculture. Her current role is Fashion Editor, features writer and features sub-editor with The Gold Coast Bulletin. She has co-authored a successful biography "Roma: From Prison to Paradise" about former prisoner-of-war turned yoga guru, Roma Blair, as well as freelanced as a writer, reviewer and researcher for Australian music and celebrity magazines such as WHO Weekly, Rave, Australasian Post and New Idea. Rachel has a B.Journalism.
Maggi BrownMaggi is regarded as an expert in organic growing throughout the UK, having worked for two decades as Education Officer at the world renowned Henry Doubleday Research Association. She has been active in education, environmental management and horticulture across the UK for more than three decades. Some of Maggi's qualifications include RHS Cert. Hort. Cert. Ed. Member RHS Life Member Garden Organic (HDRA) .
Adriana Fraser (general)Writer, teacher, consultant, horticulturist and sustainable living expert for over 30 years. ACS tutor since the mid 90's, Adriana has written regularly for a range of publications (including Australia's national Grass Roots Magazine) since the early 1980's and continues to be actively involved as a contributor to Home Grown magazine and other publications. Adriana has a Cert.Child Care., Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert in Assessment and Training., Cert.Hort., Adv.Dip.Hort.
Tracey Jones (writing)Tracey has enjoyed creative writing since she was a child. She has had several short stories published and a novella. She is also a keen writer of children's stories and poetry. She has also written many academic and non-fiction books in the fields of psychology, sociology, child development, writing and marketing.


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