Crafting a Sonnet

July 20, 2024

Schedule: 1-4pm Sat

Instructor: David Southward

Registration Deadline: July 12

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Description

What makes a good sonnet? How do we choose a subject from our fund of experience, and develop it in a compelling way? How can rhyme and meter be used to enhance, not restrict, our meaning? How do we show a reader, not just tell them, what we mean? In this workshop we’ll look at outstanding sonnets to see what makes them tick: pacing, meter, rhyme, metaphor, voice. Then we’ll put our knowledge into practice by drafting a sonnet from scratch. Whether you’re new to the sonnet form or an old pro, you’ll come away with a deeper understanding of poetic craft and a poem you can be proud of.

Class size 12

Level Beginner and above

Student Supply List Something to write with and something to write on.

  • Tuition $25

Instructor

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David Southward

David Southward grew up in southwest Florida and earned degrees in English from Northwestern and Yale Universities. Since 1998 he has taught in the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A two-time winner of the Lorine Niedecker Prize, David's collections include Bachelor's Buttons (Kelsay Books 2020) and Apocrypha, a sonnet sequence based on the Gospels (Wipf & Stock 2018).…Read More

David Southward grew up in southwest Florida and earned degrees in English from Northwestern and Yale Universities. Since 1998 he has taught in the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A two-time winner of the Lorine Niedecker Prize, David’s collections include Bachelor’s Buttons (Kelsay Books 2020) and Apocrypha, a sonnet sequence based on the Gospels (Wipf & Stock 2018). In 2019 his poem “Mary’s Visit” received the Frost Farm Prize for Metrical Poetry. David resides in Milwaukee and Mineral Point with his husband, Geoff, and their two beagles.

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