The lyric poem is a short, personal poem which sings. It might also tell a kind of story; it might also instruct; it might also play games with shape or with language; but, mostly, it sings. Haiku, sonnet, elegy, ode, psalm, and the dramatic monologue are all types of lyric poetry. The root of “lyric” is found in “lyre,” the musical instrument, so the lyric is musical. Sound is important. All lyric poetry is about either love or loss, I sometimes think, so the lyric is personal; yet it must also be larger than oneself and contain the universe. Mystery is important. Meaning? Maybe, though Stanley Kunitz says, “End with an image and don’t explain.” We will explore the short lyric, from those of the Chinese and Japanese masters, through the work of such poets as Gerard Manley Hopkins, William Carlos Williams, Lorine Niedecker, Robert Creeley, Larry Eigner, and others, intending to arrive at the place where each participant sings a confident lyric poetry in his or her own voice. Bring your notebook and favorite pen and expect to write. All other materials will be provided.
When: Monday, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
8 weeks – September 18, 2017 through November 6, 2017
Where: Neenah Public Library, Room 109Fee: $200 Mill members: $180