Course Information


for Creative Writing Department

Creative Writing: And the Sonnet is Not Dead (HU331)


The sonnet, over the eight hundred years of its existence, has proven to be one of our most enduring, and potent, poetic forms, of equal parts logic and magic. In this literature and creative writing seminar, we’ll track and explode the sonnet’s long history—reading widely and writing wildly, with great elasticity and attention to the possibilities. This course is not only about the sonnet form, but about poetic/artistic form generally and the parameters (implicit and explicit) that we work with and against in any art-making context. The sonnet is not dead (and neither are the other received forms), but in this course we’ll reinvent it, kill it off, and bring it full-throttle back to life in our image, screaming its love in the future’s weird dark. In addition to reading, writing, and discussion, students will make art using the sonnet’s parameters and perform with the form as well.