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About the Course

Why just write poems when you can write better ones? This course is built on the notion that the most exciting writing begins after the first draft. It is specifically for folks who believe that writing poems just to express oneself is like using the Internet just for email. After all, poetry can change the way you and your readers think of the world and its inhabitants; it can break new ground for language; turn a blank sheet of paper into a teeming concert of voices and music. Though any of us may have the potential to make that happen, having an understanding of how several tools of poetic composition can be used (and audaciously “mis-used”) gives you more ways to try (and if we do this right, we might surprise ourselves most of all). We'll cover key poetic terms and devices by studying poems by a handful of modern and contemporary poets and then get a chance to try our own hand at writing new poem drafts from a select number of prompts. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to workshop your poem drafts and get feedback on your work, working towards a more polished poem....

Top reviews

Jun 11, 2020

Loved the course. Douglas Kearney is amazing as an instructor. I love poetry and this workshop has made me happy during the times of COVID 19. I thank CalArts for the encouragement and appreciation.

Jun 22, 2020

This was a superb workshop. I enjoyed myself thoroughly and learned a lot that came in my way. Grasping poetry devices taught in such an fun way was really awesome. The mentors were very supportive.

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By mark m

Oct 26, 2015

brill and lost of fun

By C. E E

Oct 23, 2015

I have enjoyed this c

By Mr. T V

Jun 19, 2021

Thank you Instructor

By Safa A

May 25, 2020

loved the teacher..!

By Benjamin A C R

Nov 2, 2020

Great and beautiful

By Jessica S

May 10, 2020

I love this course


Sep 16, 2015

Excellent dynamics.

By Alexander P G

Jun 6, 2018

Loved this course.

By Olga S

Feb 18, 2017

Juuuust fantastic!

By Jhon E G

Aug 25, 2015

Just great! Thx.

By Ojasvi G

Aug 6, 2020

I learnt so much

By Debanjon M

Feb 6, 2016

Simply Splendid!

By Gaurav R

Mar 4, 2019

A lot to learn.

By Momo N

Sep 10, 2015


By Myra F T

Sep 14, 2017

Great class!


Mar 8, 2016

Gran curso.

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Mar 13, 2021


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By RobertBoucher

Dec 28, 2017

great fun

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