This poetry workshop will serve both as an introduction to the poetic techniques used to write poetry (such as imagery and metaphor) and as an introduction to non-English poetic forms. We will explore poetic forms from countries on our voyage, including the Japanese renku and haiku, the Malaysian pantoum, and the ghazal (an Arabian form which spread to Southern India and Africa). In each case, we will read translated examples of these poetic forms from their country of origin as well as examples of English-language adaptations. This approach will offer students an opportunity to explore Semester at Sea’s global-comparative model. We will consider the performative nature of poetry, paying particular attention to the ways in which poetry is typically performed in the countries we visit and learning how to perform our own work. Students will have an opportunity to write poems, both in the forms studied and in free verse. We will hold regular workshops in which student poems will be critiqued. Finally, this course will include a unit on ekphrastic poetry or poetry that responds to a piece of visual art, and students will be asked to write their own ekphrastic poem, responding to a piece of art they discover on the voyage.
Field WorkCountry: Morocco
Date: April 11, 2020