ONLINE CLASS: Scanning Poetry: The Mysteries of Dactyls (2384)

Four Mondays: July 24, 31, August 7, 14, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET Online

$140 Per Person (10% off for Members)

Lecture and Discussion. This live class will be recorded and available for later viewing.

Meter may be poetry’s best-kept secret—and scansion (the art of mapping meter) is the key to its delectable treasures. Now poet Annie Finch guides us through great poems in the beautiful, rolling dactylic rhythm, epic meter of the heart and of compassion. How can scanning dactylic poems help unlock their beauties, meanings, and dynamics? What is the best way to scan a dactylic poem? And how does this ancient meter manifest itself even in contemporary free verse? We will delve into dactylic mysteries by chanting, hearing, and mapping the music of poets from Homer, Longfellow, Whitman, and Dunbar to Audre Lorde and Allen Ginsberg, with optional time to scan poems on your own as well.

Four Mondays: July 24, 31, August 7, 14, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET Online

Required Book:

How to Scan a Poem, by Annie Finch (9781737307563)

Suggested/Optional Books:

The Norton Anthology of English Poetry

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

Finch, Annie. A Poet’s Ear: A Handbook of Meter and Form (OR A Poet’s Craft which includes the same material on meter and form).

Missing Measures, by Timothy Steele

Annie Finch, Ph.D, is a poet, critic, inspirational speaker, teacher, and performer. Her books of poetry include Spells: New and Selected Poems, Eve and Calendars (both finalists for the National Poetry Series), and Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams (awarded the Sarasvati Award). She has also published influential books about poetry including A Poet’s Craft, The Ghost of Meter, The Body of Poetry, and edited anthologies including A Formal Feeling Comes,Villanelles, An Exaltation of Forms, and Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters. She holds a BA from Yale, MA from the University of Houston, and Ph.D from Stanford University, and served as Director of the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing. Finch is widely recognized for her mesmerizing poetry performances and mastery of poetic craft. In 2012 she was awarded the Robert Fitzgerald Award for her lifetime contribution to the Art and Craft of Versification. Based in New York City and the Maine wilderness, she is the founder of Poetry Witch Community, where she teaches meter and magic.

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

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ISBN: 9781737307563
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Published: Poetry Witch Press - May 1st, 2023