The poetry workshop is often taught as part of other courses and teaches basic principles for writing poetry.
Focus is placed on the following:
- Making the abstract more tangible (by employing similes and metaphors).
- Making the contrete more interesting (by employing imagery and other poetic devices).
- Getting a feeling for the sound of language through rhythm and alliteration and assonance.
- Being cautious over rhyme (it is better to avoid rhyme, than to rhyme badly).
- Avoiding cliches.
After completion of the workshop, students will be able to write short verses that are poetically dense, with aesthetic potential.