The most venerable and widespread poetic form in English, the sonnet has been credited with shaping modern consciousness. This class follows the sonnet from its Renaissance origins through its uses in contemporary poetry. We will touch on the sonnet’s structures, sounds, and uses and consider some intriguing questions: Why has this form lasted? How has it influenced the way we think? What makes a sonnet a sonnet, anyway? And what gifts does it offer to contemporary poets and readers?
Four Mondays: October 31, Nov 7, 14, 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm ET Online
Coleman, Wanda. Heart First Into this Ruin (9781574232530)
Hayes, Terrance. American Sonnets (9780143133186)
Levin, Phillis, Ed. The Penguin Book of the Sonnet (9780140589290)
Seuss, Diane. Franks: Sonnets (9781644450451)
Betcher, Jeffrey. Whistling Through (9781737307549)
Annie Finch is author of six books of poetry including 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. She earned a Ph.D at Stanford and has taught widely, lecturing at Berkeley, Harvard, and Oxford. Annie's books also include The Ghost of Meter (Arlt award), among other works on meter and form, as well as memoir, thealogy, 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. Annie Finch is the founder of Poetry Witch Community
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