A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry
The intuitive, creative aspects of a poet’s work can be elusive. In A Little Book on Form (Harper Collins, 2017) professor of English and former US poet laureate Robert Hass demonstrates his formidable gifts as both a poet and a critic. Starting with the exploration of a single line and moving into an examination of the essential expressive gestures that exist within forms, Hass goes beyond approaching form as merely a set of traditional rules that precede composition.
Hass is joined by John Shoptaw (English). After a brief discussion of Hass's work, they open the floor for discussion.