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Saturdays, Feb 13 - Mar 6
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Class meets weekly for 4 meetings
Genre: Poetry 
  • Winter/Spring 2021
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Room: Classroom 2


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No Knowledge of Shakespeare Required

In 1972 the Globe Playhouse Trust commissioned 13 poets to write poems for, to or about Shakespeare for a pamphlet titled Poems for Shakespeare.  

In this class, we are going to imagine ourselves as one of these 13 poets!

On the first day of class, I will ask each of you to present an occasional poem celebrating Shakespeare. This might take the form of a limerick, or it may take the more serious form of an Elegy, or it may be something in between.

After this, we will divide our time between an oblique study of Shakespeare and the workshopping of our own poems. As inspiration, we will use three ideas: 1. A poem developing a Shakespearean theme or character 2. A “neo-Shakespearean” lyric and 3. a poem that incorporates a quote from one of Shakespeare’s plays.

We often think of Shakespeare as the “World’s Bard,” which can be daunting. Our goal will be, of course, not to compete with Shakespeare. Rather, it will be to write our own poems. The hope is that, in the words of Seamus Heaney, we will be able to use Shakespeare as a kind of “Inner Zodiac… to conceive of Shakespeare as a liberating and expansive element” for our own poetry.

We will be seeking knowledge of our own selves, not that of Shakespeare, as we try to find relationships between our own poetry and the canon of Shakespeare. I suspect we will surprise ourselves with how many of these relationships we will find, and how enriching the experience will be.

Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone.


  • February 13
  • February 20
  • February 27
  • March 6
The MuseTeacher: Steven Blythe

Open to: poets with some workshop experience