20 Sonnets (International)

20 Sonnets (International)

Read 15 sonnets and write 5 over the course of 10 weeks.

From the Italian term sonnetto, or ‘little song’, this form made famous by the most famous of English writers, so rigid in metre, rhyme, theme, and organisation, has remained popular for centuries among poets writing in English. In this course, we will read 15 sonnets from 15 poets spanning different eras and the expanse of the globe. During our journey, we hope to discover what makes this particular form so compelling for so many, and will craft and workshop five little songs of our own.

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. No live chats. Suitable for UK & International students.

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About Richard Georges View Profile

Richard Georges is the author of two collections of poetry, Make Us All Islands (Shearsman Books, 2017) and Giant (Platypus Press, 2018). He won the Marvin Williams Prize for Caribbean Literature in 2015, and has been shortlisted for several other awards, namely the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Hollick Arvon Prize, the Small Axe Literary Prize, and the Wasafiri New Writing Prize. His poems have appeared in Prelude, Smartish Pace, Wasafiri, Baldhip, The Poetry Review, The Rusty Toque, Those That This, Cordite Poetry Review, Barrelhouse and elsewhere.

‘The Poetry School is unique in offering workshops and tutoring across the board from beginners to experienced poets. It is hard to find advanced sessions in other parts of the country – the Poetry School fills a unique slot.'

– Summer 2018 survey response

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