Poetry IV (Sundays):
Prose Poetry and Poetry in Forms

Class Information


First class starts on Sunday, February 25, 2024


1 PM – 4 PM


Five Sessions

Saturdays, 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17 & 3/24








Group Description

Note: Though this class is offered as part of the Certificate in Poetrythere is no pre-requisite to join this class. All students, members, and nonmembers are encouraged to enroll.


The students in this workshop will delve into the more formal forms of poetry styles; their histories and contemporary usage.  We will continue to discuss the design and organization of complete books of poetry, both the chapbook and the full book.





Upon completion of this workshop, you will have:


  1. Become familiar with the syllabic forms, prose poems, sonnet, pantoum, short poem, villanelle and sestina
  2. Dissected the different approaches to poetry book organization
  3. Read and analyzed two books of poetry
  4. Presented to the class the results of research on one book of poetry




Introduction to Poetry Four, review tips for evaluating a book of poetry, poem critique, workshop etiquette. Poetry Forms-syllabic poems (haiku, Hybum, Landay, etc.)

Homework: begin to pick/order your books.  Each student will choose two poetry books to study. Take home writing prompt.




  • Prose poetry, the short poem
  • Read and critique workshop




  • The sonnet, the Pantoum
  • Read and critique workshop




  • The villanelle, the sestina
  • Read and critique workshop




  • Discussion and student presentations on poetry book structure.
  • Read and critique workshop



Each participant will choose two books of poetry and complete the analysis of both the poems and the structure/organization of the books, submit, by week 5, a one to two page analysis of the books and be ready to give a short presentation about the findings to the class of one of the books. Poem prompts will be given each week with the anticipation that the participants will generate new work.  Participants are expected to actively participate in the read and critique portions of the workshop.

Certificate Discount

If you buy all five of the workshops in the certificate separately, the total cost amounts to $1,350. If you purchase all five of them as a package, you will receive a 20% discount and will only pay a total of $1,080. This discount is only good for members.


This class is held in person. While masks are not required indoors, they are encouraged.


Please be advised that it is best to register at least a week before the start of a class to help our instructors prepare and ensure that it does not get canceled or rescheduled. Policies regarding registration, refunds, cancellations, etc. can be found on our policies page. If you would like to provide feedback regarding this class, please feel free to complete an evaluation form.