A two-part live virtual generative workshop exploring the history and usefulness of elegies today Meets virtually (we will send you a link) Sundays, July 12 & July 19, 2020 | 1:00-2:15 p.m. EST Register by June 21 | $75
Elegy noun 1. a mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead. 2. a poem written in elegiac meter. 3. a sad or mournful musical composition
We are surrounded by loss of some type but how do we process it, mourn it, even celebrate and honor it? In this live virtual workshop we will explore the life of elegies as a poetic form in today's time. Though we won't spend our time trying to write, in this generative workshop, a traditional elegy, we will look at some along with contemporary ones. These poems will lead our discussion before we write and share our own.
Over our two classes, we will discuss:
Use and purpose of traditional elegies
Similarities and differences between classical and contemporary elegies
How and why to consider writing elegies today
Our own approach to writing elegies
By the end of our two sessions you will be given prompts and support to write at least two elegies, plenty of samples of elegies, discussion on what makes an elegy today.