‘To strive, to seek, to find & not to yield’: Dramatic Monologues

‘To strive, to seek, to find & not to yield’: Dramatic Monologues

Try on a different persona and delve into dramatic monologues

The dramatic monologue emerged as a genre in the mid-nineteenth century, and was extensively deployed by Victorian poets such as Tennyson, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, and Matthew Arnold. During the century and a half since ‘Ulysses’, ‘My Last Duchess’, and ‘Empedocles on Etna’, the dramatic monologue has been explored in all manner of ways by poets as varied as T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, Sylvia Plath, Carol Anne Duffy, Michael Hofmann, Don Paterson, and Simon Armitage. It has proved almost infinitely flexible, and remains an essential concept for poets looking to extend the reach of their imagination and the range of their voice. This workshop will consider the possibilities opened up for poets by the dramatic monologue, and explore a number of classic and less well-known examples by poets from Tennyson to the present day. Participants will also be encouraged to bring to this workshop their own experiments in the genre.

Saturday 30  November, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

A 10% discount is available to residents local to the Poetry School (anyone currently living in Rotherhithe, Riverside, Surrey Docks, South Bermondsey, Grange or Livesey).
Please contact [email protected] for further information.
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Mark Ford’s collections of poetry include Landlocked, Six Children and Enter, Fleeing. He is also the author of a critical biography of Raymond Roussel, of three volumes of essays, and of Thomas Hardy: Half a Londoner. He is a professor in the English Department at University College London.

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