Poetry That Sings

Poetry That Sings

Let music and its principles spark new ideas and help your writing sing, dance, and find its rhythm.

* This course will take place on video-conferencing platform ZOOM *

Let music and its principles spark new ideas and help your writing sing, dance, and find its rhythm. 

As poets, we want our work to sound good. To sing, to dance, to find its rhythm. What can music teach us about how to write poetry? In this course, we’ll pick up music’s building blocks – pulse, tone, melody, harmony, expression, and more – and bring them into our verse. 

Some of the questions we’ll explore will include, how do we find the music in our poems without regular meter and rhyme? How do we incorporate rhythmic patterns and echoed sounds while keeping our poetic voice natural? Is my poem a song? Is that song a poem? How do lyrics and verse interact with each other? 

We’ll write together, play games, and workshop, letting music and its principles spark new ideas, give us tools for polishing, and help us build a focused, joyful, and supportive poetic community. 

This course is meant for any level, from experienced poets who want to find new pathways in their work, to those who are venturing for the first time into poetry. Musicians and non-musicians both welcome! 

Five fortnightly sessions between 18 January and 15 March 2022, from 7–9pm GMT

To apply for a concession rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. More information about how our Video Courses work can be found on the Video Courses page.

If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected]

Image credit: Photo by Pawel Czerwinski

About Rebecca Levi View Profile

Rebecca Levi is a poet, musician, and translator based in Chile. Originally from New York City, she studied comparative literature at Yale University and poetry with Robert Pinsky at Boston University. Her poems and translations have been published in journals such as Columbia Journal and No Tokens Magazine, by Princeton University Press and Broadstone Books, and in The Times Literary Supplement as a winner of the Mick Imlah Poetry Prize. Rebecca composes and performs music that crosses borders, as a soloist and with Colombian and Chilean collaborators. She has been an educator for fourteen years, with a focus in youth orchestra, early childhood music, and creative writing, and her teaching has taken her around the world, from Peru to Venezuela to India. Rebecca teaches in English, Spanish, and Italian. 

'Rebecca was lively and enthusiastic. She had obviously planned the course at a range of levels - the tips she was going to pass on, the themes for our poems, the readings, encouragement to think about and comment on each others' work. Great tutor - I would sign up for a course with her again.'

- Summer 2021 Survey Response

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