Word Power: Poetry and Ritual (Autumn 2017)

Word Power: Poetry and Ritual (Autumn 2017)

Explore the ceremony in poetry and discover new processes of writing

According to T.S. Eliot, ‘All art emulates the condition of ritual’. In this new online course we will examine the relationship between poetry and ritual, creating new work inspired by a variety of oral, ritual forms including incantation, litany, lament, prayer, and rites of passage, and study the enduring influence of ritual forms and traditions in contemporary poetry. We will also consider the uses of ritual as part of our personal writing process, working – through a series of playful writing prompts – to discover how ritual processes might encourage and inspire new and different kinds of work. We will explore uses of ritual in the work of Alice Oswald, Jorie Graham, Ian Duhig, Kayo Chingonyi, Dora Malech, and more, as well as tracing the use and representation of ritual back through the work of T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath and William Shakespeare. (This is a repeat of a course that has run previously)

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. Live chats on Mondays, 7-9pm GMT, first live chat starting 9 October.

More information about how all our online courses work can be found on the Online Courses page.

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Kate Potts is a London-based poet, academic, and editor. Her pamphlet Whichever Music (tall-lighthouse) was a Poetry Book Society choice and was shortlisted for a Michael Marks Award. Her first full-length collection is Pure Hustle (Bloodaxe). Kate teaches for Oxford University, Royal Holloway, and The Poetry School. She is co-director of Somewhere in Particular, creating poetry events which celebrate and explore particular communities, places and spaces. Kate recently completed a PhD on multi-vocal radio poetry. She is working on her second poetry collection, due to be published in 2018.

‘Recent PS online courses have opened my eyes to contemporary world poetry beyond the British ‘scene’. Without the PS my writing would be in danger of sticking in a rut. PS courses challenge me with new ideas, inspiration and make me reflect on my writing style. Doing a PS online course forces me to carve out space in my life for creativity: it’s such a delight opening the document of fortnightly ‘writing games’, reflecting on it over the following week as I go about my everyday life, somehow pulling a poem out of the hat, and then reading my fellow students own poems over the next week – this ritual of thinking, writing and sharing kind of ’rounds out’ my life.’

Spring 2017 Online Survey response

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