POETRY COURSE IN NINE CHAPTERS
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THREE
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TWO
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FOUR
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FIVE
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SEVEN
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NINE
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EIGHT
CHAPTER
SIX
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  • Chapter One: Introduction to poetry. Defining poetry. The history and evolution of poetry. Tradition garde,
    etc.).
  • Chapter Two: The Basics. What makes a poem a poem? Basic parts of a poem. Understanding the
    basic structure of a poem. Choosing a subject. What will your poem be about? Point of view. Poetic style.
    How will you tell your story.
  • Chapter Three: Advanced poetic techniques. Making the connection. Language. Avoiding vague
    language. Figures of speech.  Figures of sound. Emotion. Techniques for making your poem better.
    Three types of irony.
  • Chapter Four:  The building blocks of poetic form.  Rhythm and rhyme. A form looking for a subject. The
    foundation of form. Identifying groups of rhyming lines.
  • Chapter Five: The subtle art of meter. Metrical lines and scansion. Shortcuts and pauses. Enjambment.
  • Chapter Six:  Stanzaic form. Stacking the blocks. Rhyming stanzas.
  • Chapter Seven: Forms of poetic expression. Finding your poetic voice. What is form? 10 Important forms
    all poets should know (ballad, blank verse, couplet, free verse, haiku, pantoum, prose poem, sonnet,
    terza rima, and villanelle).
  • Chapter Eight: Revision and Critique.  Writers revise.  Eleven tools for revision and critique.  Seven Deadly
    Sins.  Grammar and Punctuation.  Commonly misused words.  
  • Chapter Nine: Submitting work for publication.
Learning to rhyme is like learning a new language.
It takes practice, practice, and more practice to master it.
---edmpoet
Free verse may rule
the publications, but
rhyme still rules the
general public.
Rhyme takes free
verse three steps
above ordinary
prose, which is two
steps behind blank
verse.
There are four
progressive levels to
writing: prose, free
verse, blank verse,
and rhyme, in that
order.
Always given a verse.