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Poetry Masterclass: The Art of Sound with Judith Beveridge 16/9/21 – contact me for waiting list

The English language is beautifully musical. Robert Frost called sound in poetry ‘the gold in the ore’. In this workshop we will examine the sonic properties of vowels and consonants and how to use them effectively to enhance the meaning of a poem and add dramatic and emotional depth. Poetry originally emerged out of song, chanting and dance, it uses patterns and repeating structures such as rhythm, assonance, alliteration, a recurrence of words and phrases to get its meaning across. Wallace Stevens said that ‘a poem must resist the intelligence almost successfully’ – one of the best ways to do this is through concentrating on the music and sounds of a poem. The workshop will provide practical exercises to develop this quality.

Judith Beveridge lives in Sydney, Australia. She has published seven volumes of poetry all of which have won or been short-listed for major prizes. Her latest volume, Sun Music: New and Selected Poems (Giramondo, 2018), won the Prime Minister’s Poetry Prize in 2019. She has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies including Contemporary Australian Poetry, (Puncher & Wattmann 2016).  She was poetry editor for the literary magazine Meanjin from 2005-2016. Her work has been studied in schools and universities and translated into many languages. She taught poetry writing at post-graduate level for many years at the University of Sydney and continues to work in the community. She is a recipient of the Philip Hodgins Memoria Medal and the Christopher Brennan Award for excellence in literature.

Limited to 14 people only.

16 September 2021
2.5hrs long with a short break.
UK 10am // Western Australia 5pm // Australian EST 7pm

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£30 GBP (exchange rate automatically calculated by STRIPE)

Part of the UK/Australia Season of Culture: Who are we now? How can we describe, challenge or create new connections with our land and people in the 2020s? The masterclasses reflect on contemporary approaches to poetic techniques and forms.

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Sep 16 2021

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  • Date: Sep 16 2021




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