Poetry 101: Rhyme, rhythm, and meter

Member Price: $30 /General Public: $35

Deadline to Register: November 5, 5 pm

Instructor: Anastasia Nikolis

One of the first questions people ask about a poem is “does it rhyme?” Even though rhyming poetry fell out of favor more than 100 years ago, and free verse poems are widely recognized as the standard for American poetry, there are still many questions about how to make poems sound like poems. This workshop examines how poetry makes use of other sonic structures, including rhythm, meter, and, yes, even rhyme. We will refer to excerpts from Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Traveled and look at an array of poems provided by the instructor in class.

Anastasia Nikolis is a scholar, writer, and teacher. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Rochester, where she focused on 20th-21st century American poetry. She currently is the Poetry Editor for the literary translation press, Open Letter Books, and teaches courses in writing, literature, and gender studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology and at St. John Fisher College. For more information, find her online at www.anastasianikolis.com and on Twitter @nikolisanastasi.