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Sunday, August 11 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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Genre: Poetry 
  • Summer 2024
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Room: Classroom 2


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The Art of Effective Metaphor in Poetry

What makes a metaphor different from a simile, other than the omission of the words “like” or “as?” What deeper understandings and connections do metaphors allow us to make? How can we write metaphors that enhance not only our narratives, but also the pleasure of reading our narratives? These are just some of the questions posed by metaphor that we will seek to understand in class. In this 2-hour seminar, we will read 4 poems that use striking, surprising, and interesting metaphors, and we will discuss some of the different ways that effective metaphors can be crafted. Then, we will apply what we’ve learned to our own writing. For this class, students will have the opportunity to generate new work alongside writing prompts, or they may bring in work that they would like to revise with closer attention to metaphor.

Please note: This class or event is hybrid. Some attendees will be in-person and some will attend online. There may be a limited number of in-person seats available. If you are participating online (using Zoom or a similar live platform), students or attendees should have a stable internet connection. Class participants: you should have a computer or device with a webcam and microphone; and your Zoom link will be automatically sent to you after you register. Check your spam box if you don't see it.

The MuseTeacher: Gabriela Igloria

Prerequisite: Open to writers of all levels of experience