I can't stand ignorant people. It's even worse when they happen to be teaching a course in a University. And it's even worse than that when they are teaching your Creative Writing course.
I was recently pushed out of a course on Creative Writing, which I the student paid for, because the instructor felt the need to change the criteria of the course to suit his own ignorance. He told the class recently that he himself doesn't know the slightest thing about poetry and that the course (which was outlined at the time I registered as being a general creative writing course) would focus on prose with only minor exercises in poetry. This was in light of our handing in a first assignment, in poetry or prose as he'd said, and being marked rather unfairly due to the fact that he doesn't have any appreciation for structurual writing.
I exchanged emails with him a few times. He concluded that my style of writing is "archaic" (he actually said that meter/rhyme went out of style 2 to 3 hundred years ago) and has no present-day relevance, and that it's not suitable for a creative writing course. My reaction, naturally, was "what the hell?"
I responded to him, giving him numerous examples of the timelessness of poetic form, using Philip Larkin and Robert Frost as modern examples. Hopefully, for the sake of those who are choosing to stay in his class, it'll give him a little wake-up call. He's made it clear that he's probably never even bothered to open up an anthology of poetry in his lifetime.
For now, I realize I have nothing to learn from this person, and so I've been screwed out of a creative writing course which I'd been looking forward to for literally years.
Okay... that's out in the open. I'll apply next year when the "real" creative writing teacher is teaching the course again. This has been a saddening and disgraceful few weeks, and I still feel really down. I can't even sleep. All I can think of is this moron "educating" people with his baseless lessons of what poetry "should be."
I can't stand how badly the common notion of "Poetry" has been deteriorating in our time... I had faith that a professional (that is, someone who would be instructing a creative writing course) would have the insight to know better.
What a let-down.