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Image, Shape and Music (EASM144)

30 credits

The module aims to introduce you to the central importance of Image, Shape and Music in writing poetry, and will appeal to creative writers from a range of backgrounds, as well as to dedicated poets. You will explore a wide range of approaches to contemporary poetry, and poetic techniques, including free verse and some stanzaic arrangements, as well as other common poetic techniques such as: estrangement, personification, beginnings/endings, ‘slow reveals’, and the use of controlled energy and direction in a poem. You will explore, rhythm and measure, and the musical world of the poem’s language. You will work in a stimulating environment in which existing writing skills can be developed to a professional standard, and a portfolio of poetry produced alongside some critical self-reflection. You will explore your responses to aspects of poetry, discussing your own work alongside the work of your peers and the work of other published poets.