High school students often find poetry daunting and complex to understand, let alone write. In this course, students will be challenged to play with words and learn a variety of poetic forms from the inside out. By understanding how poetry is structured, they will be better able to analyze and write their own. It will be assumed that students understand syllabication and rhyme. Poetic forms taught will include sonnets, odes, villanelle, tanka, free verse, and more! Emphasis will be placed on creativity and adherence to structure - not perfection.