Bristol

Poetry - Understanding Poetry

What An exploration of poems and poets, with an emphasis on language and form.

When Monthly, first Tuesday afternoon, from 2.00 to 3.30 pm.

Where In Bedminster at a member's house.

We would like to learn more about why any poem is written the way it is, and how it manages to communicate more, or differently, than it would in prose. To this end, we aim to study language, form and structure as well as getting to know poems and poets we may not be familiar with. We don't want to kill off the joy of poetry by over-analysing it. An example might be looking at a particular poem, e.g. a modern sonnet, and then comparing it with older uses and variations of the sonnet form.

To help us in the quest we are currently using '52 Ways of Looking at a Poem' by Ruth Padel. This is a collection of poems she discussed and analysed in her weekly series for the Independent on Sunday - all are by living poets (or they were in 1999 when she started it) and the focus is on the poem and its language, rather than the poet.

For more information, please contact the Group Convener via the 'pigeon post' contact button at the top right of this page, or e-mail south@bristolu3a.org.uk. via the Contacts page

Contact before coming; Parking; 5 mins to bus stop.

Updated 3/07/17 by HT

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