Master Class


Melissa Balmain

As we explore the keys to writing memorable, well-crafted light verse, we'll dive into hilarious work by poets past and present. Among our topics: What ingredients are essential to humor? How can rhyme, meter, syntax, pacing, and word choice enhance it? Are any subjects "off limits"? What makes a good parody? Are some poetic forms more likely than others to yield funny results? Can a happy poem be funny? What kinds of light verse do editors love--and hate--receiving? Is entering contests worth it? And what does the term "light verse" (which covers everything from gallows humor to giddy nonsense) mean to each of us?



Sponsored by the Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm and the Hyla Brook Poets