The Poetic Line

The Poetic Line

Examine various ways of using the poetic line and try some hands-on lineation exercises in this 1-day workshop.

What is it that constitutes the poetic line? Is it a unit of thought? Of musical phrasing? Of tension between the expectations of syntax and the subversions of the figurative imagination? In this class, we’ll examine some contrasting uses of the poetic line in a small selection of English-language poets. We’ll also try our hand at lineating some passages set as prose on our worksheets, in order to discover the difference a line break can make.

Participants are encouraged to bring a poem of their own (in multiple copies please) for the workshop portion of our day.

One-day workshop from 10:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday 8th July.

There will a lunch break and tea breaks during the day. Lunch is not provided. Students are welcome to bring their own, or to visit the local shops and cafes during the break.

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Linda Gregerson is the author of six books of poetry, including Prodigal: New and Selected Poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015). Her work has been recognized with awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Poetry Society of America, the Modern Poetry Association, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

“The Poetry School employs talented tutors. Their inspiration, in the form of prompts and examples other poets' work, serves to generate new poems that you would never otherwise have written. It is useful to have deadlines to work to and peers to read and critique your work. An invaluable resource to beginners and established poets alike.”

– Spring 2017 online survey response

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