ONLINE CLASS: Scanning Great Poems: Poetry’s Best-Kept Secret (2336)

Four Mondays: April 24, May 1, 8, 15 from 2 to 4:00 p.m. ET Online

$140.00 (10% off for members)

Meter may be poetry’s best-kept secret—and scansion (the art of mapping meter) is the key to its delectable treasures. Sharing a lifelong passion, Poet Annie Finch guides us on a deep dive through great poetry’s rhythmic mysteries. How can scanning poems help unlock their beauties, meanings, and dynamics? What is the best way to scan a poem? Is there meter in free verse? We will delve into a diversity of meters by mapping the music of such poets as Shakespeare, Tennyson, Frost, Hopkins, Brooks, Plath, and such contemporaries as Molly Peacock, Marilyn Nelson, and Patricia Smith, with optional time to scan your own favorite poems as well. Four Mondays: April 24, May 1, 8, 15 from 2 to 4:00 p.m. ET Online

Required Books

Poetry Anthology TK: forthcoming book on METER & THE ART OF SCANSION: A POETRY WORKBOOK edited by Annie Finch

Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters  Finch, Annie and Alexandra Oliver

A Poet’s Craft Finch, Annie. 9780472033645


Suggested/Optional Books

All the Fun’s in How You Say a Thing, by Timothy Steele 9780821412602 

Missing Measures, by Timothy Steele 9781557281265 

The Ghost of Meter: Culture and Prosody in American Free Verse, by Annie Finch 9780472087099 

Sound and Form in Modern Poetry, by Harvey Gross 9780472065172 

Annie Finch, Ph.D, is a poet, critic, inspirational speaker, teacher, and performer. Her six books of poetry include Spells: New and Selected Poems and The Poetry Witch Little Book of Spells, both from Wesleyan University Press, and the epic poem on abortion Among the Goddesses, which received the Sarasvati Award. Annie earned her Ph.D at Stanford and has taught widely, lecturing at Berkeley, Harvard, and Oxford. Annie's books of prose include The Ghost of Meter (Arlt award), among other works on meter and form, as well as memoir, cultural criticism, feminist poetics, opera libretto, and the anthology Choice Words: Writers on Abortion.  Her poems have appeared onstage at Carnegie Hall and in The Paris Review, New York Times, and Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry. As Poetry Witch she has collaborated with artists in theater, ritual, dance, and music. For news, poems, and inspiration, subscribe to Annie’s Spellsletter at

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets Series) By Annie Finch (Editor), Alexandra Oliver (Editor) Cover Image
By Annie Finch (Editor), Alexandra Oliver (Editor)
ISBN: 9780375712487
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Published: Everyman's Library - March 31st, 2015

A Poet's Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry By Annie Ridley Crane Finch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780472033645
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Published: University of Michigan Press - February 8th, 2012