Over the centuries the sonnet has been an amazingly elastic form, adapted and even subverted in the service of rebelling against the tradition it represents. The form has been remade to suit the language of its composition or the style of its writer or the demands of the historical and cultural moment. During this six-week meander through the sonnet form, we will read and write a range of different kinds of sonnet. We will consider how form and content interact as you draft a poem. What are the advantages of writing toward (or against) a fixed form like the sonnet? Our aim will be to make the sonnet’s structure into a rib cage from which our own poems breathe. For all levels.
Leatha Kendrick’s most recent book of poetry, And Luckier, has just been published by Accents Publishing. She has published essays, short fiction, and five books of poetry and has enjoyed teaching at the Carnegie Center for 18 years.Register