Creative Writing Course | Poetry Syllabus

01


Introduction to Poetry

  • What makes it poetry?
  • Line breaks
  • Figurative language and imagery
  • Sound—rhythm, meter, rhyme
  • Free vs. form
  • Where to get inspiration

02


Line Breaks

  • How line affects rhythm and sound
  • White space
  • Emotional impact

03


Language & Imagery

  • Figurative language—metaphor, simile, personification, onomatopoeia, synesthesia
  • Finding images
  • Bringing images to life

04


Sound

  • Rhythm
  • Meter
  • Rhyme
  • Repetition
  • Alliteration
  • Assonance
  • Consonance

05


Voice

  • Voice defined
  • Types of voice and vision
  • Finding your voice
  • Style
  • Digging deeper

06


Imitation & Themes

  • Gaining inspiration and technique through imitation
  • Responding to themes
  • Drawing out your uniqueness

07


Revision

  • Stages of revision
  • Techniques for testing your work
  • The art of reduction
  • Knowing when it’s done