The Ars Poetica and the Development of a Personal Vision [Vievee Francis]
Intermediate | At some point, we have all written the poem on writing poems. Sometimes such poems are written simply to explore or expose our own processes, or to vent our frustrations over the challenges of writing. Writing the ars poetica can help us unearth how we came to those views and if they hold true over time. How do our attitudes, backgrounds, and experiences inform the way we think about writing? If our personal narratives shift, how does that impact our approach to the poem? We will discuss how the conscious questioning of our thoughts and feelings about poetry can “twig by twig” (as Archibald MacLeish notes in his poem, “Ars Poetica”) move us toward a comprehensive and sustainable personal vision for our work.