Imposters! Poetry of Personae, Pretence, & Imposter Syndrome

Imposters! Poetry of Personae, Pretence, & Imposter Syndrome

Find the forms, craft, and confidence to think through pretence, fraudulence, and personae.

The ‘I’ of the poem is always, to some degree, a persona. But how can we use poetry to explore multiple and alternative selves, and to think through and express ideas around pretence, fraudulence, or out-of-place ness.  

In this course we will read and discuss work from some of poetry’s great pretenders, including Fernando Pessoa (in translation), Christopher Read, Gwendolyn Brooks, Stevie Smith, and Kei Miller. We will create new poetry using pseudonyms, personae, and imaginary characters; delve into historical, mythical, and folkloric ‘imposters’ such as Hannah Snell, Kaspar Hauser, Zeus, and Red Riding-Hood’s wolf; and find the forms, craft, and confidence to explore our own (and others’) imposter feelings. 

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

To apply for a concessionary rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected]. For more information visit our Online Courses page. 

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About Kate Potts View Profile

Kate Pott‘s second collection, Feral (Bloodaxe) was a Poetry Book Society recommendation and a Telegraph poetry book of the month. She teaches creative writing for Middlesex University and is currently working on an Arts Council England-funded book project on imposters and imposter syndrome. 

'Online international courses offered by the Poetry School give students living outside the UK access to high quality stimulating courses that connection to a wider poetry-writing world. Many online writing courses focus on fiction, not many focus on poetry. The format for the online courses is very manageable in terms of time given for assignments and reading and in an easy-to-use interface.'

- Spring 2022 survey response

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