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Poetry Writing

INTRODUCTION TO POETRY
Definition of poetry, history of poetry: learn about the history of poetry and understand the fundamentals of rhymed, free and blank verse. In this module you will explore the voice of poetry and how to chart a poem’s meter, as well as a variety of figures of speech.

MARKET RESEARCH AND PRESENTATION
Market Research, manuscript presentation, imagery, revision, writer's rights: discover how to undertake different forms of market research to ensure you are targeting the right readership. Equally important as research, manuscript presentation is discussed in detail. Learn the correct use of imagery and how to revise your work, along with exploring your rights as a writer.

FUNDAMENTALS OF POETRY WRITING
Rhythms and meters: in this module you learn a variety of tools that enable you to write poetry professionally. Some of these tools include syllabic meter, accentual meter, anapaest, spring rhythm, enjambment, and how to construct couplets and quatrains. Examine traditional types of poetry such as the sonnet, ballad, epic, villanelle, pantoum, sestina and ode.

ELEMENTS OF POETRY WRITING
Learn about the composition of various poetry types, such as long-lined and short-lined poetry, along with open field composition. You also explore how to include humour in your work, and the Japanese style of poetry writing known as haiku. A helpful glossary of terms is also outlined.

COMPLETING YOUR POETRY WRITING AND GETTING PUBLISHED
Choosing the right words, publishing, titles, self-publishing, vanity publishing, competitions, poetry readings, book list, polishing, tightening work, keeping records: learn the differences between traditional publishing and self-publishing. In this module you also discover how to approach competitions and poetry readings, concluding with how to go about polishing and tightening your work.