Poetry: Form and Content

Poetry: Form and Content

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Poetry is the oldest genre of creative writing: the oldest extant work of literature (in cuneiform, on a tablet) are hymns to now-forgotten gods and goddesses, composed by the Sumerian poet Enheduanna who lived and died four millennia ago. In the many thousands of years since it's been around, poetry has gone through staggering changes, yet always spiraling back to the source: breath, voice, body, and the sacred. We will dip our toes in this vast river of human endeavor and explore traditional, modernist, and contemporary modes of poetry in order to try to figure out which molecules make it flow. Throughout the course, we will read and analyze poems and, of course, write our own. 

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