Language, Structure and Style: A Course for Teachers and Educators

Language, Structure and Style: A Course for Teachers and Educators

A course for poetry educators to support both their teaching and own creative practice.

This course is designed with teachers and all people involved in English education in mind and offers a way of acquiring secure technical knowledge to support teaching about poetry and the participants’ own writing. Developed in association with Poetry By Heart and adapted from The Construction of the Poem and other Poetry School courses, these sessions are designed to give participants detailed knowledge of all aspects of the history and application of formal techniques in writing poetry. Aspects of form will be illustrated with examples taken from Poetry By Heart’s print timeline anthology and from Forward’s Poems of the Decade, currently a set text for Edexcel. Examples will include readings and recitations as well as printed text, and there will be additional coverage of poetry memorisation and recitation from Poetry By Heart.

The first term will take place in three all-day sessions on Saturdays 14th October, 11th November and 9th December, 10.30pm – 4.30pm.

Term 1 will cover the following:

Session 1: Introduction to forms in poetry; Alliteration, assonance and rhyme; The ballad.

Session 2: History of the sonnet; Canonical sonnets; Recent sonnets; Experimental/radical sonnets; Modernism

Session 3: Imagism and haiku; The syllable; Syllabics as ordering & revolutionary principle; Development of Free Verse.

The price includes all three sessions in Term 1. Term 2 and Term 3 will be bookable later. For information on later terms, please contact the office. 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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This course is taught by Ellen Cranitch and Mario Petrucci.

Ellen is a poet, journalist and teacher. Her prize-winning poetry is published by Templar and Carcanet Press and in many periodicals and magazines. She has taught at the University of St Andrews, City University and University College London. She lives in London where she’s a regular reviewer and interviewer for Poetry London and POEM International Magazines.

Ellen’s first collection of poetry, The Immortalist, was launched at Keats’ House on 28th February 2017.

Formerly Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, and more recently RLF Fellow at Westminster University, Mario Petrucci’s poetry performances attract international recognition (for example, with the British Council). He has received many awards for his poetry: he is four times winner of the London Writers Competition and recipient of the 2002 Arvon / Daily Telegraph International Poetry Prize.

He now works as an educator and creative writing tutor for all ages, and as a radio / TV broadcaster. Co-founder of writers inc., Mario teaches widely in adult contexts and in schools, lecturing students at the Imperial War Museum and much in demand as a visiting writer specialising in war poetry and the curriculum.

Mario has published numerous poetry books and pamphlets, including: Shrapnel and Sheets, Bosco, Heavy Water, Half Life, Fearnought (poems for Southwell Workhouse), along with translations of Catullus, Sappho and Montale. Lepidoptera is a hybrid book of long poetry and short prose, while his illustrated collection The Stamina of Sheep (the unique result of an innovative public and educational arts project for Havering, the Thames and Essex) captured the Essex Book Award for Best Fiction Publication (2000-2002). Flowers of Sulphur was published in 2007, and i tulips in 2010. Mario is currently working on several collections, including Monte Cassino.

The Poetry School employs talented tutors. Their inspiration, in the form of prompts and examples other poets' work, serves to generate new poems that you would never otherwise have written. It is useful to have deadlines to work to and peers to read and critique your work. An invaluable resource to beginners and established poets alike.

– Spring 2017 online survey response

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