Waiting in Line
In this session we will explore why poems are or are not broken into line. What does the broken poem offer? The prose poem? How does the line create tension or through a double entendre express an ambiguous meaning? We will discuss the line patterns of several poems as a group. I will also work through one of my own poems, attempting to explain why I broke lines where I did. As a group we will work through a student sample, breaking line in different ways, trying to use endstopped or enjambed lines to the advantage of the poem. Finally students will be asked to reflect on their own writing process. The session will end with student workshopping.
Waiting in Line
- What differentiates poetry from prose?
- Get student responses
- Read B.H. Fairchild's "Beauty" [no student text]
- Read prose poems, poems broken into lines, and a selection from a short story[no student text]
- Do these poems sound like poems?
- Hand out text
- Discuss what makes them poetry or keeps them from being poetry
- Why is poetry broken into lines?
- Student response
- Read Bob Hicock's "Miscarriage and Echo" and Linda Bierds' "The Stillness, The Dancing"
- How does line work differently in these two poems?
- Enjambed v. End-stopped lines
- How line can inform the poem
- How line creates tension
- The double entendre
- Discuss my own poem, "Fagging Out," explaining why I chose to break lines where I did
- Ask for someone to volunteer a sample of writing
- Collaborative line breaking in class
- Assign Writing Prompt
- Ask students to look over their process of writing and create their own Ars Poetica
- Allow 10-15 minutes to freewrite