Poetry Challenge – Form and Style Assignment from W.H. Auden

Calling all poets! Pop over to 👉 Gabrielle Bryden’s blog and take on the challenge.

Gabe Feathers McGee

Famous Anglo-American poet W.H. Auden once taught in the 92nd Street Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center (officially known as the New York City’s  92nd Street Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association).

Here is a copy of an assignment he gave to students, in January 1956, who were attending his ‘Form and Style in Poetry’ course.

Auden Assignment

Do you want to give it a go? 😉

I’d love to see what people come up with. If you feel the urge to complete the assignment you can email me (gbryden at bigpond dot com) the ‘result’ in the next couple of weeks and if it fits the bill I will post it on my blog.

I’ll throw my hat in the ring and then we can say we were taught by W.H. Auden 😀


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5 thoughts on “Poetry Challenge – Form and Style Assignment from W.H. Auden

    • It is confusing as he is not using modern notations but this might help:
      – = stressed syllable
      . = unstressed syllable
      / = indicates the end of the iamb
      iamb = two syllable foot (unstressed syllable followed by stressed)
      fem = sentence ends with an unstressed syllable
      masc = sentence ends with a stressed syllable
      inversion of iamb (stressed syllable followed by unstressed)

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