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A6 Strictly Ballroom: Fixed-Form Poetry

Description: TThe waltz, the rumba, the tango are formal dances that adhere to a set structure. Once dancers learn the steps, they have room for individuality, allowing for a degree of freedom within the structure. So it is with Fixed-Form Poetry, a form of verse, like the Sestina and the Sonnet, which are written according to set poetic rules. Like ballroom dancers, fixed-form poets use linguistic creativity to make unique statements within a set frame. This class will examine the most standard fixed-form poems, learn the parameters of each, and see how content accentuates form.

Suggested Reading: Students should bring to class a dictionary of poetic terminology, prosody, or figurative language. These can often be found in the back of literature texts.

Instructor: Sue Nickels is a retired secondary English teacher with an M.A. in English from JMU. She also taught in the JMU English and Education Departments. Her last four years in the classroom were spent teaching English in Cairo, Egypt.


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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