Ghazal Masterclass with Mona Arshi

Ghazal Masterclass with Mona Arshi

Join Mona Arshi for a detailed exploration of one of the world’s most ancient poetic forms.

*  To ensure the safety of our tutors and students, this course will take place on video-conferencing platform, ZOOM *

‘The ghazal’s disconnectedness must not be mistaken for fragmentariness; that actually underscores a profound cultural connectedness. The ghazal is not an occasion for angst; it is an occasion for genuine grief.’ – Agha Shahid Ali

The Ghazal is one of the world’s most ancient forms and has been utilised by Western poets such as Goethe, Lorca, and more recently Marilyn Hacker and Mimi Khalvati. In these classes we will identify what a ghazal is and what it might be for. We’ll examine its tradition and the history it is rooted in, asking what are the challenges and obstacles for poets writing in a form that is circular and opposed to linear? How far can and should western poets veer away from its formal structures? We will look at writers such as Judith Wright and Philip Salom, alongside other poets, in their attempts to transform and revitalise the form.

The course will have 2 parts, the first being a Zoom session, filled with challenging reading, writing, and group discussions on the topic, after which you’ll be set various writing prompts and exercises to complete at home, before reconvening for a Zoom-based workshop in part 2 to discuss and develop your new poems.

Saturday 24 October & 28 November, 10.30am – 1pm.

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

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About Mona Arshi View Profile

Mona Arshi worked as a Human Rights lawyer at Liberty before she started writing poetry. Her debut collection Small Hands won the Forward Prize for best first collection in 2015. Her poems and interviews have been published in The Times, The Guardian, Granta and The Times of India as well as on the London Underground. Mona has collaborated with dancers (‘Dancing Words’), musicians (Vidal Montgomery) and fashion (JIGSAW and Gallery Unconfined). Mona has judged the National Poetry Competition, The Forward Prize and is on the judging panel for the TS Eliot awards in 2020. Mona’s second collection Dear Big Gods was published in 2019 by Liverpool University Press. Her debut novel will be published in 2021.

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