Loving the Logic and Magic of Poetry

Exploring poetry and writing some, with Jean Dsouza

  • Duration – 5 weeks
  • Course begins – February 17, 2020
  • Fees: Rs. 4,999/-
  • Age group: 13 years and above

Join Jean Dsouza as she explores the transformative world of poetry. Read inspiring poets, notice how poems take shape, and begin to create and sculpt your own shapes of poetry.

This short journey will:

  • Open up a brief, simplistic background to why we like to write poetry
  • Discuss Denotation, Connotation: Understanding the art of reading poetry
  • Observe Meter and Rhyme; Comparisons and Metaphors
  • Probe into Stereotypes and Archetypes in Rhyming patterns and in Thought
  • Consider different forms of poetry
  • Appreciate poetic expressions
  • Encourage communication through poetic means

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Begin to develop your own voice
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of poetic form
  • Understand layers of meaning in (poetic) communication
  • Use the imagination and memory
  • Observe and listen
  • Feel confident to write poetry

Course content

The course is divided into five modules, each of which introduces an aspect of Poetry. Each module is one to one-and-a-half hours long. With examples and discussions, these aspects become inspiration and guidelines to write your own poetry. At the end of each module, the instructor will set an assignment. You will receive written feedback from your instructor for all five modules, with hints and tips on how to strengthen your poem.

The modules are posted weekly. Every week you will submit an assignment to your instructor, who will then respond with constructive feedback and advice.

Module One – Why Poetry?

Why do we need poetry at all when we can text, type, email or write letters/documents/stories? Here we will talk about what makes poetry a life-enhancing form of expression. We will think deeply about all art forms in general and consider poetry as an art form in particular.

Module Two – Is this what I mean?

A poem carries with it different ribbons of meaning and layers of significations. We often forget that we make inferences and assumptions while reading, and these bring forth a particular understanding of the written words. How would it be if we are aware of our mental associations? Would that cause us to read the poem differently? Of all writing, poetry offers a very large scope to find space for alternative and varied meaning. We will read poems here to see how this is possible. We will find exciting possibilities of reading, not only poems, but also ourselves and each other!

Module Three – Wet Clay and Muddy Hands

With the right tools, there is sure to be interesting writing. When we talk about rhymes and rhythm, the music of the poem emerges evidently. When we talk about metaphors and similes, the imagination of the poem appears. With guided exercises, this module will encourage the writing of simple verse, and then move ahead with more.

Module Four – My grandmother, or was it my great, great grandmother?

Without realizing it, we succumb to archetypes, and sometimes, even to stereotypes. These typifications may be hidden or subverted in rational thought, but they become especially evident when dealing with emotional expressions. With samples of poetry, these types of personae and characterization will be discussed in this module. The most interesting thing here will be the stories that emerge in the discussion of these “types”, particularly in contemporary times.

Module Five – Come and Write!

Do you think you could hide behind a butterfly? Try writing a poem with the butterfly as the “I” in it! Or try to write TO the butterfly! Or try to write while you are flying WITH the butterfly! The possibilities are endless! And the butterfly is just an example. Explore with the shapes, forms and styles of writing poetry in this module. And, most importantly, WRITE!

About the Instructor

Jean Dsouza is a poet, teacher, researcher, editor, communication consultant and TEDx speaker with a passion for literature, language and religion studies. She has authored two books on poetry Blue Jeans and 1 a.m. Conversations: Lines Written in Starlight. Read more…

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