Poetry & Eclogue: Ritual Ecopoetics

Poetry & Eclogue: Ritual Ecopoetics

Journey from bucolics to contemporary writing to explore experimental Ecopoetry’s radical possibilities.

Some say that poetry in English is always reacting against/with the pastoral; in this course, we’ll explore recent hybridity between last-modernist/avant-garde practices and pastoral sensibilities, such as transcendentalism and sublimity.

We will trace the practice of English poetry from Eclogue and bucolics – i.e. traditional metrical poetry on pastoral themes from classical writers including Theocritus and Virgil – to its trajectory towards current Ecopoetics, with such anthologies as The Ground Aslant: Radical Landscape Poetry. We’ll read contemporary practitioners, like Richard Skelton and Hariet Tarlo, to learn how to bring experimental practice into the mede, fields, and meadows of our own poems. This course will also intersect with nature worship, drawing from Shintoism, Bardic practices, and Industrial Paganism, tracing the development of incantatory and ritualised means of encapsulating the effects of natural stimuli.

Throughout the course you will receive in-depth exercises that build, week-on-week, to equip you with a range of experimental techniques to approach and apprehend the overwhelming effects that nature can have on us mentally, physically, and sensorially.

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks, starting 6 October 2020. Live chats on Tuesday, 7-9 pm GMT; first live chat 20 October

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About Rhys Trimble View Profile

Rhys Trimble is a bilingual poet, performer, performance artist, text artist, visual artist, musician, editor, critic and shaman. Interested in avant-garde poetry, art and music and its parallels in Welsh/ancient artforms, also poetry and visual image as ritual and processual cut-up techniques. He is the author of twelve or more books of poetry and Vispo and vocalist in the noise punk band Lolfa Binc.

My poetry was stuck in a rut of repetitive rhymes and banal phrases. The session really opened me up to possibility and I’m now submitted work to magazines and competitions.

– Summer 2017 survey response

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