Women’s Sonnets Studio

Women’s Sonnets Studio

Explore how women have claimed the sonnet as a vehicle of self-expression, and write your own sonnets.

Women poets have long claimed the sonnet as a vehicle of self-assertion and self-exploration, a site of passionate sensuality and literary defiance, despite literary orthodoxies favouring male practitioners of the form. From Louise Labé in the 16th century through Elizabeth Barrett Browning in the 19th century, Gwendolyn Brooks in the 20th century, and Marilyn Hacker in the 21st century, this mysterious and compelling poetic form, with proportions that echo those of classical architecture and the human body, has encouraged women to break out of the object position and develop our own strong voices. In this Studio course we will survey poems demonstrating some of the memorable strategies and unique triumphs of the women’s sonnet tradition – from reclaiming the Italian rhyme scheme to creating experimental hybrid forms – and then use that momentum for you to create your own sonnets, focusing on a different strategy each week. No previous experience writing sonnets is needed.

Poetry Studios are three week intensive courses. Reading material will be distributed before the course begins. There are no live chats so they are suitable for both UK & International students. 

For more information visit our Online Courses page.

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Poet, writer, and performer Annie Finch has published eighteen books of poetry and poetics. Her poetry has been featured onstage at Carnegie Hall and in The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry, and she has performed her work on four continents. The founder of the Discussion of Women’s Poetry international listserv, she has taught and lectured at numerous universities and now teaches poetry-writing independently from her home on the coast of Maine in the USA. More at anniefinch.com

I've really enjoyed my online course and I hope to become a regular part of the Poetry School Community. The course prompted me to look critically at my own work and most importantly, got me reading and writing poetry again. Fantastic experience!

Via online survey, Spring 2016

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