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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds Welcome back! We are now in week 2 and this week we’re thinking about poetic form. Poetic form impacts everything from the rhythm of a line to how we think about poetry’s cultural, historical, and even political significance. You’re probably familiar with the syllables, beats, lines, and stanzas that make up some of the most popular poetic forms over the last few centuries of literary culture, such as the sonnet, but we’re also going to get into the nitty-gritty of forms you might not have heard of, such as the Arabic form of the ghazal.

Skip to 0 minutes and 33 seconds We’re going to begin with a brief history of poetic form, before jumping into a poetry bootcamp that will give you the skills to scan a line and think with metre. Making a poem on the cutting room floor with our printing press, the Thin Ice Press, will finish the week.

Introducing Week Two

In this video, Dr Alexandra Kingston-Reese introduces the material we will focus on in Week Two.

This week, we will learn about various different forms of poetry, and how to analyse with form. We will also explore how poetry is produced on the page, with exciting content from co-founders of Thin Ice Press at the University of York, Prof Helen Smith and Dr JT Welsch.

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Poetry: How to Read a Poem

University of York