This course is designed to improve and enhance students' own poetic skills by teaching them how poets use the language devices of sound, sensory images, figurative expressions, and musical rhythms to share their insights through word-art. Throughout the course, students will experiment with traditional formats and with many free-verse styles of poetry.
Course Outline: 
1. Beginnings: Origins of Poetry
2. Listening to Language: Literary Devices of Sound
3. Making Sense: Understanding Sensory Words
4. Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day...? Using Figurative Language
5. Musical Measurements: Rhythm and Meter
6. Casting Off Conventions: Ideas for Free Verse