Explore poetry as a musical instrument, to develop your skills with rhythm and musicality.

*  To ensure the safety of our tutors and students, this course will take place on video-conferencing platform, ZOOM *

The sounds of a poem create its whole landscape, its inner and outer life. In this course, we will focus on poetry as a musical instrument, developing the rhythm and music in your writing. The course will consist of five workshops:

1) Little Sounds: We will begin with small forms, little sounds, haikus and sonnets, poems that create and crystallise a moment.

2) Rhyme: ‘without rhyme, poetry falls to pieces’ (Vladimir Mayakovsky, ‘How Are Verses Made?’, 1926). But does it? In this workshop we’ll explore the pleasures of rhyme, and develop your own soundscapes.

3) Free Verse: Where did free verse come from? We’ll discover the origins of free verse and write our own homophonic translations (no second-language knowledge necessary!)

4) Break, break, break: Exploring fragments and collage forms, and using line breaks, enjambment and white space to punctuate your poems and create new meanings.

5) Long Waves: Long forms, long lines, run-on sentences, endless waves.

As well as developing your own poems, our reading/listening is likely to include Gwendolyn Brooks, Denise Riley, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Walt Whitman, Baudelaire, Stéphane Mallarmé, T. S. Eliot, Diane di Prima, Stevie Smith, Robert Creeley, Maya Angelou, Fran Lock, Roddy Lumsden, Terrance Hayes, Kurt Schwitters, and more.

5 fortnightly sessions on Thursdays 7-9pm, starts 20 May 2021.

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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About Becky Varley-Winter View Profile

Becky Varley-Winter‘s debut poetry pamphlet is Heroines: On the Blue Peninsula (V. Press, 2019). Her poetry has been longlisted in the National Poetry Competition 2019, won the T. R. Henn and Brewer-Hall Prizes and been published in Poetry Review, Vessel, Magma, Rising, Finished Creatures, and Tentacular, amongst others. She has also written a book on modernist poetry and literary fragments, Reading Fragments and Fragmentation in Modernist Literature (Sussex Academic Press, 2018) and a collection of short stories, BLOOM, forthcoming from Broken Sleep Books.

'Being able to learn about the craft of poetry from experienced talented practitioners in the company of others who write and love poetry is a privilege.'

– Autumn 2020 survey response

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