The Art of Poetry

Judith Beveridge

6x Mondays: 8, 15, 22, 29 July; 5, 12 August, 6:30-9:30pm

Full Price: $600
Member: $420
Conc Member: $360

Keen to take your poetry writing to the next level? This six­-week poetry course, which follows on from Judith Beveridge’s Poesis: The Making of a Poem, is open to all writers with some experience in poetry.

This poetry writing and appreciation course will introduce you to the techniques required to move your work to the next level of expertise. A specific topic will be covered each week in an hour-long lecture followed by discussion of poems and workshopping of class members’ poems by an experienced teacher. Poems for discussion will be emailed to class members prior to each class.

Week-by-Week Course Breakdown

Week 1: The Art of Detail

Getting emotions into poetry.

Week 2: The Art of Play

Poetry can be regarded as a kind of magic because it tries to change the way we see the world.

Week 3: The Poetry of Place

The Irish have a poetic tradition called the Dinnseanchas, poems commemorating the meanings of places.

Week 4: Grammatical Structures

Hypotaxis and parataxis: how sentence structure shapes meaning.

Week 5: The Art of Prosody

Anglo-Saxon poetry; iambic and trochaic meters.

Week 6: The Dramatic Monologue

Dramatic monologues are a way of expressing the views of a character and offering the reader greater insights into feelings.


Expected Learning Outcomes

Class members will:

  1. Take away with them a strong sense of the discipline and craft that goes into poetry writing.
  2. Improve their critical skills and ability to appreciate a wide range of poems.
  3. Gain insight into form, rhythm, imagery and structure.

Participant Requirements

Participants need to have some prior knowledge of poetry. Pen and paper or a laptop computer will be required for note taking.

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