“Poems do not differ from prose because of what they say — in prose we can tackle any subject, employ any diction, tell any story, use any figure of speech, even establish any rhythm — what we cannot do in prose, however, by definition is … write verse. And verse is not only a way of saying something; it also is a way doing something. Poems not only say things, they also do things that prose cannot do.
“That is why, in our program, what we study is the greatest possible range of how to do these things, from meters to stanzas, sonnet to ghazal, aubade to serenade, verse drama to verse satire. We assume that our students come to us with something to say — our curriculum helps poets master how to say it.”
David J. Rothman, Poetry Concentration Director