The Construction of the Poem (Spring 2018)

The Construction of the Poem (Spring 2018)

A rotating line-up of special guest tutors teach you how to construct a poem.

Please note: THIS COURSE IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON PRIORITY BOOKING TO ONLY THOSE STUDENTS ENROLLED ON TERM 1. If you purchase online, your card will be charged but your place will not be guaranteed. Booking opens to the public on Monday 13 November. To register your interest in the course before then, please email or call us on on 0207 5821679 for details.

‘On the simplest level, form functions for any poet as a kind of scaffold from which the poem can be constructed.’ — Michael Donaghy.

The Construction of the Poem is a new thirty-week course designed to give participants detailed knowledge of all aspects of the history and application of formal techniques in writing poetry. Each session will be taught by a different poet, based on his or her particular areas of expertise, so expect to be challenged and inspired by a variety of approaches and practices. From language and diction, to rhyme and rhythm, to lineation and verse forms (such as the sonnet and sestina), to more radical forms (such as prose poetry and concrete poetry) The Construction of the Poem will give you the tools of the trade needed to build the perfect poem. Details of tutors and sessions are on the website.

10 weekly sessions on Mondays 6.45pm – 8.45pm, starting 22 January. This is the second term of a three-term course. Priority booking for terms two and three will be given to term one students. 

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.


The content and assignments were amazing. I learned a lot that will affect all aspects of my writing. The course far exceeded my expectations, which were already high, having previously done a course with the same tutor. Already had one of the assignments published (Morning Star newspaper), and others that I will be sending out.

Autumn 2016 survey response

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