Ugliness Studio

Ugliness Studio

An intensive studio course on bad language, bad form and bad taste

‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.’ Keats wrote that. But he wrote it in quotation marks, and in a poem; he knew there was much more to know. There’s also truth in ugliness, and vice versa. This course will consider how ugliness – of appearance, of sound, of thought – can find a place in your writing. Bad language, bad form and bad taste will be explored; Christina Rossetti’s goblins and Ted Hughes’s Crow will lurk in the background as we consider the ways in which a poem can be an aesthetic triumph without consisting solely of beautiful sentiments beautifully expressed. Through reading and writing poems that are wilfully unattractive in their acoustics and/or their philosophy, and with reference to music and visual art, we will think about how the inappropriate and the inelegant can, at times, be the most appropriate and elegant manner of poetic response.

Poetry Studios are three week intensive courses. Reading material will be distributed before the course begins. There are no live chats so they are suitable for both UK & International students. 

For more information visit our Online Courses page.

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Adam Crothers was born in Belfast in 1984, and lives in Cambridge, working as a library assistant and a literary critic. A contributor to New Poetries VI (Carcanet, 2015), he was selected in 2016 as one of Poetry Ireland Review’s ‘Rising Generation’ poets; his first collection, Several Deer (Carcanet, 2016), has been shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Poetry Award 2017.

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