Going back-to-basics-and-beyond with the essential unit of poetry
Critic and poet James Longenbach wrote in his Preface to The Art of the Poetic Line that ‘Poetry is the sound of language organized in lines.’ The line leads to everything and it can be anything: from enjambement, caesura, half-rhyme, stanza breaks, unusual line breaks, long or short lines, difficult lines, pleasing lines, prose lines, to unpunctuated lines… Where is its anchor, and when does it cease to be? How does it end and begin? Moreover, what meaning and music do we embed in each line? How do we reflect the progression of ideas in a poem, create surprises, stir up the reader’s imagination? In this course we will look at various texts and examples, explore different poetic forms and styles so that we can tap into the possibilities of the line. Through group feedback, writing exercises and workshops, participants will discover new ways to craft their poems and make considered creative decisions on the aesthetics of our line-work.
5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. No live chats. Suitable for UK & International students.
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About Jennifer Wong View Profile
Born in Hong Kong and now based in London, Jennifer Wong read English at Oxford and did an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. She is finishing a PhD in creative writing at Oxford Brookes University. Her poems have appeared in The Rialto, Stand, Oxford Poetry, The North, Magma (forthcoming), Asian Cha, Voice & Verse, Morning Star and others, while her translations and reviews have appeared in Poetry London, Poetry Review and Asian Review of Books. She has taught creative writing at Oxford Brookes University and now teaches at Citylit.
‘The Poetry School is a remarkable resource of knowledge, guidance and new friendships formed around the desire to learn more and write better. The range of workshops and their leaders is, I think, unparalleled.’