Poetry: The Language of Music
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Writing
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3205
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This study of musical poetics focuses on the buried linguistic and musical structures of poetry and on the way these structures create voice and meaning in a poem. We discuss the way music serves as a muse for the poet and creates a relationship between form and content. Some class time is devoted to close reading of established and younger poets representing different poetic styles, and to close listening to the voices of poets reading from their own work. Most class time, however, is devoted to examination of student writing, with the goal of helping students find their own music and voice within the poem. This course is open to poets at all levels, but beginners are especially welcome.