Odes and Celebrations: Using Neruda to Craft Moving Praise Poems


Praise is perhaps the oldest function of poetry, but how to praise without sounding overly sweet or predictable? In this class, we’ll discuss the praise poems of Neruda, Whitman, and contemporary praise poets. Using the form and spirit as inspiration, we’ll write one or more odes of our own, crafting praise poetry with an edge. The class will include opportunities for revision. Class fee includes a free signed copy of William Pitt Root’s Sublime Blue: Selected Early Odes of Pablo Neruda (Wings Press).

Suggested reading: Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes (ed. Ryan Van Cleave, C & R Publishers), Song of Myself by Walt Whitman, and any collection of translated odes by Pablo Neruda currently available including those by Hass, Peden, Jaccetti, Krabenhoff and Root.

Date: Sun., April 6 | 1–4pm
Fee: $75
Class Limit: 15

Widely traveled, William Pitt Root lives in the West, where he enjoys outdoors, water, animals, hiking, and photography. He has worked inside academia (Hunter College, NYU, Amherst College) and out (shipyard, factories, underground mine). His recent books are Sublime Blue: Selected Early Odes of Pablo Neruda (2013) and his own poetry in Strange Angels (2013).


Comments are closed.