Poetry Essentials


Poetry Essentials

Summer Intensive Class May 23- June 9

Elementary Class (Grades 3-6)

Instructor: Makayla Brown

Meets: Mondays, 10:15- 11:00 a.m. CST

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


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Summer Session May 24th – July 2nd

Poetry Essentials will cover two  meters of poetry in this short summer class:

  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.  

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, Latin Bootcamp or C.S. Lewis for a 6 weeks of robust learning!


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