Provides language-interested students with practice in writing fixed-form poetry (English and Italian sonnets, villanelles, and more) and free-form poetry. Includes a detailed introduction to the rhythms of poetry in English, including stress patterns (iambic, trochee, anapest, etc.) and patterns of line length (trimester, tetrameter, pentameter, etc.). Asks students to read diverse models of quality poetry in its various forms. Encourages each student through drafting and revision to develop a uniquely personal writing voice and style and to learn to express him/herself and evaluate the world at large--whether in tightly structured stanzas or in free-verse narratives--in genuinely imaginative ways.