Trust the Image

Trust the Image

Learn to use daring figurative language and harness the power of surprising imagery.

Imagery is to a poem as water is to a river. Great imagery shows us not only ‘what’s there’ but also ‘what lies beneath’; it gives us other ways of seeing, hearing, understanding a poem’s message. For poets, writing fresh and powerful imagery, encouraging the reader to think about the content of a poem in more than one way, is a joyful experience.  

In this course, using a number of ‘exemplar’ poems from diverse sources, we’ll explore different aspects of imagery, including the single image/‘snapshot’ poem, imagery that fully engages the physical senses, image clusters/controlling images, metaphors, and the idea of the ‘conceit’, alongside how & when to use these devices.  

Suitable for new poets and for anyone wishing to ‘drill down’ further into the idea of creating fresh and surprising imagery in their poems. 

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks, starting 5 Oct 2022. Live Chats on fortnightly Tuesdays, 7–9 pm (GMT); first Live Chat: 19 Oct. 

To apply for a concessionary rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected]. For more information visit our Online Courses page. 

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About Catherine Smith View Profile

Catherine Smith has published two pamphlets (The New Bride and The New Cockaigne) and three full collections of poetry, The Butcher’s Hands, Lip, and Otherwhere. Twice shortlisted for Forward Prizes and once for the Aldeburgh/Jerwood First Collection Prize, she was selected as one of ‘the twenty most exhilarating poets of her generation’ in the PBS/Arts Council ‘Next Generation’ promotion, and also one of Mslexia’s Top Ten Women Poets. She co-adapted her pamphlet-length supernatural narrative poem, The New Cockaigne, for a Live Literature show. She has performed her poetry at The Royal Festival Hall, and Latitude and Port Eliot Festival. Her poetry for adults and for children is widely anthologised. She has taught poetry for adults, teenagers and children for over 20 years and many of her students are now published poets. 

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