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#02 What is a Poem?

What is a Poem? (Core Course, Lesson #02)


You can’t write a poem without a clear idea of what a poem is, but the question ‘what is a poem?’ is a tough one to answer. This class begins to answer that big question. Take a whistle stop tour of English poetry since the middle ages, learn what poetry meant then, how it has changed, and what we can learn about poetry in general from that history.


What is a Poem? is a perfect starting point for beginners, but it also provides some very useful perspective for more experienced poets.


What is included in this class:


  • A long lecture giving a (very condensed!) history of the poem in English, covering: key points in the development of Anglophone poetry, how these altered the sense of what a poem is, and some conclusions about how we might then define a poem today.
    • Pack contains 1. a recording of the original lecture, 2. a copy of the lecture presentation and 3. the transcribed text.
  • Writing exercises: an exercise putting into practice the differences between poetry and prose, and a guided refelction on that exercise. 


This is a downloadable class, you will receive links to download your digital learning resources in the thank you page of the checkout, along with an emailed link that will last for 30 days.


#02 What is a Poem?

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