Poetry Vs. Prose

Poetry Vs. Prose

Interrogate your personal poetics and generate new writing as we explore the differences (and similarities) between poetry and prose.

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

‘Is there any rhythm, rhyme, pattern or structure?  If not, you are writing prose.’ – Jo Bell, How to Be a Poet 

‘… I would like to point out that there is no big deal about poetry as opposed to prose: ‘it is all literature, all letters,’ it seems to me.’ – Selima Hill, in conversation with the Forward Arts Foundation. 

What is the difference between poetry and prose?
Between a lyric poem and a prose poem?  
Between a prose poem and flash fiction?  
Is poetry defined by line breaks, or something more?
Does any of this matter, today? 

Join us as we explore these questions, through reading, writing, and discussion.  You will be encouraged to interrogate your personal poetics and generate new writing inspired by poets including Claudia Rankine, Anne Carson, Ilya Kaminsky, Sophie Collins, José Olivarez, and Natalie Diaz. 

Five fortnightly sessions on Sundays between 23 January and 20 March 2022, from 3–5pm 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 Amador Loureiro

About Shazea Quraishi View Profile

Shazea Quraishi was born in Pakistan, immigrated to Canada with her family, and lived in Spain before settling in London. Her books include a chapbook published in October 2020, The Taxidermist (Verve Poetry Press), The Art of Scratching (Bloodaxe Books, 2015), and The Courtesans Reply (flipped eye publishing, 2012). Her new collection is forthcoming with Bloodaxe Books in 2022. Her poems have appeared in UK and US anthologies and publications, including The Guardian, The Financial Times, Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation The Hudson Review. She is a Complete Works fellow, and an Artist in Residence with Living Words, an arts charity working with people living with dementia. 

'I found Shazea's level of detail in feedback particularly inspiring and helpful. I learnt a lot from her feedback and notes on my work. I also really enjoyed the wide range of poetry references and reading material we were given.'

- Summer 2021 Survey Response

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