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Poetry Essentials Summer

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Poetry Essentials

Instructor: Dawn Pasley

Meets: Mondays, 9:00- 10:00 a.m. CST

Required Worktext: The Grammar of Poetry by Matt Whittling Student Book. 


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Poetry Essentials

Poetry Essentials is a fun and engaging introduction to Poetry that will cover two  meters of poetry and several tropes, including:

  1. Iambic
  2. Trochaic  

We will also discuss and practice scansion and ten tropes, or literary elements, including:

  • Simile
  • Metaphor
  • Pun
  • Rhetorical question
  • Oxymoron
  • Personification
  • Synecdoche
  • Hyperbole
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Euphemism

Much like learning the basics of any skill—whether a musical instrument, a sport, reading, math, or cooking– it is a solid understanding of the basics that allows for creativity to flourish later.  This is an excellent class for budding writers in upper elementary, Jr and Sr High school. 

Modern writers still study these forms because it transfers to fiction, song-writing, and speech-writing. 

Learning and understanding the basics of formal poetry will allow you to read and enjoy great literature, including Shakespeare. Hymn-writers, song-writers, speech-writers, authors, and poets know, and you can know, too, that formal poetry is one of the easiest ways  to develop great writing style. 

Consider how Iambic Pentameter Is Used in Contemporary Writing:

If you’re thinking iambic pentameter is only for the dead masters, look no further than the work of award-winning playwright David Marmet. According to David, iambic pentameter isn’t just a style of writing we learn when we’re forced to read Shakespeare’s sonnets. Instead, he says, it’s the most rhythmically natural way humans speak. So if you want to write dialogue like David, you must first learn the basics of iambic pentameter, then apply them to your characters to lift them off the pages and into real life. 

-David Mamet. Masterclass website, 2021

This class is a fit for the student who already enjoys poetry and wants to dig deeper, or the student who is intimidated by poetry because an understanding of the structures is missing, to help make sense of the whole.  

Required Worktext: the Grammar of Poetry by Matt Whittling Student Book. 

Pair Poetry Essentials class with Math for Chemistry or  Latin Bootcamp I or II. 

1 review for Poetry Essentials Summer

  1. Angela F

    My daughter and I took this TNHA summer class together. It was both informative and fun! We love reading and writing poetry but had never studied the mechanics of it before. The virtual format was extra convenient and the instructor and other students made it more engaging than just studying a workbook at home.

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