The Poetry School

The Poetry School
81 Lambeth Walk, London, SE11 6DX

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A Conversation With The Past (Modernisms)

This is the second of a trio of student-centred courses designed both for experienced writers looking to widen their repertoire and for relative beginners looking for a more structured approach to their writing. You will have the opportunity to consider how the innovations of modernism influenced the direction of poetry…

…and 7 more dates until 11 Apr

Derivatives, Reflection, Homage

This course will look at poems that borrow from or allude to other poems. Homage, reflection, acknowledgement. We will meet fortnightly over ten weeks to look at how past and present poets have responded to and been inspired by each other's work. Participants will be encouraged to share their own poems written in response…

Thu 16 Feb

Thu 2 Mar

Thu 16 Mar

…and 2 more dates until 13 Apr

Give It To 'Em Straight

Poets from Wordsworth to O'Hara have been fascinated with representing life "in a language really used" by the public, but how can this plain language - direct speech, conversational English, platitudes - enliven poetry? Can the vagueness of how we speak to one another have poetic opportunities dormant throughout it? In…

Thu 16 Feb

Thu 2 Mar

Thu 16 Mar

…and 2 more dates until 13 Apr

Me, Myself And (Not) I

In this fortnightly course we'll discover new faces and voices for poems. We'll explore the connections between empathy, syntax and tone to create dramatic monologues, object poems and personas. We'll discuss the art of disguise and self-revelation in the works of Dorothy Porter, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Samuel…

Thu 9 Feb

£90 (£72; £86)

Thu 23 Feb

£90 (£72; £86)

Thu 9 Mar

£90 (£72; £86)

…and 2 more dates until 6 Apr

More Wreck

Two thoughts at the heart of our work: first, from an interview with Vahni Capildeo, her affirming the importance of "surprising, omnivorous readerly cravings… the writing mind demanding renewal;" and second, from a Gerard Manley Hopkins letter dated 1878, his want for his poetry to embody "more wreck and less discourse.…

Sat 28 Jan

£72

Pattern Books

In this session we will forget about the usual elements of poetic form, such as rhyme and metre, and put aside familiar structures like the haiku and sonnet. Instead we will focus on linguistic elements - vocabulary and spelling, for example - and bring in mathematical ideas such as symmetry and number patterns. Through…

Sat 11 Feb

£72

The Poetry Of The Sacred

Auden wrote that 'the centre I cannot find is known to my unconscious mind.' In today's increasingly complex and often urban environment, what is sacred to us as individuals? And how does poetry reach towards a new understanding of the unknown, whether through religiosity, nature or science? Students will be encouraged to…

Thu 9 Feb

Thu 23 Feb

Thu 9 Mar

Thu 23 Mar

Secrets & Lies

Sell your readers tall tales in this repeat of Kathryn Simmonds' popular course. 'The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth' - Jean Cocteau. This course considers the ways in which poets manipulate the truth in order to tell it. We'll look at what poems say and also at what they don't say, (that crucial white space)…

Mon 6 Feb

£104

Mon 20 Feb

£104

Mon 6 Mar

£104

Mon 20 Mar

£104

Writing On The Skin

Join Kate Noakes for a day exploring the words, patterns, images and symbols etched on our skin. Tattoos are art work, signifier, and memorial, intentional and regretted. From all cultures and traditions, they are tales for the asking and imagining narratives and jumping off points. Make no assumptions; the tattoo keeper…

Sat 25 Feb

£72

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