OSHR 1370 - Tennis Nets and Rule-Breakers: Experimenting with Poetic Forms and Procedures

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

"I’d sooner write free verse as play tennis with the net down.". - Robert Frost
"I am an exception to a rule I haven’t even identified." - Margaret Atwood

Writing in form can shake up our writing tendencies and habits. Meter and syllabics can encourage language compression and effective word choice. Procedures utilizing chance can invite new and unusual syntax. Stream-of-consciousness leads us down paths of unexpected subject matter. And collaboration is just plain fun! In this class, we will follow the rules of traditional forms (e.g. sonnets and sestinas), bend and break some rules, and play with chance (e.g. Dadaist cut-ups and OULIPO word games). We will read, write, and share formal and experimental poetry.

New writers are welcome.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

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