Poetry and Art

Poetry and Art

Open up new channels in your writing and explore how poems can enter into conversation with works of art.

This five-week course takes a close look at the relationship between poetry and art, or ekphrasis, starting with Keats’s ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’, and Robert Browning’s ‘My Last Duchess’, and going on to look at how modern and contemporary poets have responded to the visual arts. What is ekphrasis and how can an ekphrastic poem go beyond merely reproducing the visual in words to create something new? We will explore how the poem can enter into a conversation with a work of art, and how the process of ekphrasis can open up new imaginative channels for writing about the self and about the creative process itself. The sessions will use close reading, visual prompts and discussion as a stepping off point for writing exercises. We will look at poems such as Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Disquieting Muses’ (Georgio de Chirico), Thom Gunn’s ‘In Santa Maria Del Popolo’, Pascale Petit’s poems to Frieda Kahlo and Fiona Benson’s Van Gogh sequence.

5 weekly sessions on Wednesdays, 7pm – 9pm, starting 10th May 

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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Sarah Corbett was born in Chester, raised in rural north Wales, and educated at the Universities of Leeds and East Anglia, where she obtained a masters degree in poetry on the prestigious writing programme. Her most recent collection is Other Beasts (2008), which follows the acclaimed The Red Wardrobe (1998), shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and Forward First Collection Prizes, and The Witch Bag (2002). She has published her poems in a wide selection of magazines and anthologies and has read her work at festivals internationally.

The range and quality of tutors makes contemporary poetry seem less remote and more accessible.

– Summer 2016 survey response.

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