Crafting Musical Poetry (Denver)

$130.00 Members
$140.00 Non-members


Duke Ellington famously said, “It don’t mean a thing (if it ain’t got that swing).” In this workshop, we'll look at how to craft a musical poem by studying some of the basics of metrical poetry and investigating how sound works within the poetic line. Poets will learn how to create an ear-pleasing poetry, with a special focus on tempo, pacing, creating a line in iambic pentameter, and the effective use of line breaks. More broadly, we’ll consider how sound works as a gateway to the senses and how musicality creates its own kind of meaning within a poem.

We’ll also read and listen to audio examples of both metrical and free verse poems from musical masters, such as Joy Harjo, Marilyn Nelson, Louise Bogan, Philip Larkin, Sylvia Plath, Robert Mezey, Rachel Hadas, Donald Justice, and others. Three short writing exercise will be designed to help writers draw inspiration from their own experiences as well as from the outside world, and then effectively transform these observations into powerful poetry. We’ll end with some information and optional sharing. This is a course for anyone who wants to make their poetic line more musical and their poems more lyrical. No prior experience is necessary.

Instructor: Jodie Hollander Learn More


Oct 30, 2021 10:00am - 3:30pm