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Layering Story, Feeling, and Thinking Elements: How Understanding the Three Modes of Poetry Can Help Us Write and Revise Our Own Poems with Patrick Donnelly
October 26 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm$124
This workshop will explore the defining characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of three modes of poetry: story (narrative), feeling (lyric), and thinking (meditative). We’ll examine, though close readings of several poems, how these modes can—and should!—combine into hybrid modes, in which each mode supplies qualities that the others lack.
We’ll ask the question: if you were to give a close, objective reading to your own work as a whole, which of the three modes would you say is in the foreground? Telling stories, feeling about stories, or thinking about stories? Put another way, toward which of the modes do you seem most temperamentally inclined or which comes easiest for you? Likewise, which of the modes do your poems put in the background (as a deliberate strategy or unconsciously), and/or which do you need to work hardest to include?
To strengthen our ability to recognize each of the modes in action, we’ll do a “mode mapping” exercise, in which we’ll locate the modes as they operate and overlap in a particular poem. We’ll also do some writing in which we deploy strategies from missing modes into single-mode passages. You’ll leave this workshop with a powerful tool for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of your own drafts.