We’ll begin with the idea that meter is rhythm, and rhythm must first be felt in the body. The most intuitive and perhaps the easiest way to internalize a line of metrical poetry and to set a poet's foot tapping is to use a system of “beats” and “offbeats." From there it will be easy to translate our rhythmic patterns into the classical terminology of “feet” (if we wish—the names are convenient). After we have gone through the basics, participants will compose lines with various meters in mind. This is the main point: to expand our repertoire of meters and see if certain meters are a better match for some subjects than for others. We’ll arrange individual consultations on the second and third days. Poets and prosodists who have taken this course are welcome to return for review and individual consultation on matters metrical.