Term 1: 26 Sep 2012, Term 2: 06 Feb 2013, Term 3: 08 May 2013, Intermediate, Course, Clare Pollard.
If you know the basics of your craft and are ready to send your poems out into the world, this course is for you. It will concentrate on the relationship between form and content. Where do we find poetry? Is any topic out of bounds? How do we create the poetic ‘I’ and ‘you’? What can we learn from types of poem, such as the cut-up, ballad or pastoral, where form and content are closely linked? This is a feedback class, there will be some focus on students’ poems in progress every week.
2. What Can a Poem be About? – Plath’s Toothbrush and Content
3. Finding Poetry: Centos, Cut-ups, Blackouts
4. Poet as Connection-Maker – Imagery and Aesthetic
5. The Shape of a Poem: Calligrams and Syllabics
6. Prose Poems and Storytelling
7. Letters of the Alphabet: Abercedarians, Alliterative Verse and Acrostics
8. Metre and the ‘Sound of Sense’
9. The Question of Rhyme
1. Beginnings and Titles
2. The Poetic ‘I’ – Voice and Idiolect
3. The Ode and the Poetic ‘You’
4. Monologues and Dialogues
5. Confessionalism – Fictionalising the Self
6. The Elegy and Loss
7. The Ghazal and Longing
8. The Lullaby and Birth
9. Poetry and the Supernatural: Prayers, Spells and Hauntings
1. Poetry and Place
2. Nature poetry and The Pastoral
3. The ‘Lunch Poem’ and the City
4. Ballads and Folktale
5. Ottava Rima and the Epic
6. Satire, Politics and Englishness
7. Exotic forms: the pantoum, tanka and tanaga
8. Experiments I: Oulipo
9. Experiments II: Sevenlings, Specular poems and beyond…
10. Publishing – Assembling a manuscript
This is a course for intermediate writers, suitable for those who have done Tamar Yoseloff's Routes into Poetry course or similar. Term one looks at the building blocks of poetry and how they relate to content. Term two focuses more on voice. Term three widens out to look at politics and place. Lots of feedback on poems in progress. Students can start at the beginning of each term.
NB - the third term of this course will be taught by Jacqueline Saphra
Please note that there will be no class on 29th May. There will be an extra class at the end of term on 17th July.