Vanishing Point: Personae & Perspective

Vanishing Point: Personae & Perspective

Break out of the first person and create dynamic poems from new perspectives

In this seminar, we will look at a brief history of poetry in which the first person perspective – often assumed to be poetry’s default – is exchanged creatively for something different, and the addresser-addressee relationship, complicated. From the Sixth Century mythological Irish poet Amergin, through Victorian dramatic monologues, to contemporaries such as Denise Riley – alongside other efforts to write as a waterfall, a building, and a stapler(!) – we’ll explore what can happen when you write from different gender / subject / object positions; asking whether there are bounds to what can be thought through in poetry, and some of the ethical or political questions that result when you position the ‘I’ as ‘other’.

Thursday 18th July, 10.30am–1pm.

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.

Image credit: Martijn Barendse

About Emily Critchley View Profile

Emily Critchley is the author of thirteen poetry collections and a selected writing: Love / All That / & OK (London: Penned in the Margins). She has also published critical articles on poetry, philosophy and feminism and is the editor of Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America & the UK (Reality Street, 2016). She is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Greenwich.

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