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Around them winds the sad, unlovely wave
Of Styx: nine times it coils and interflows.
Not far from hence, on every side outspread,
The Fields of Sorrow lie, — such name they bear;
Here all whom ruthless love did waste away
Wander in paths unseen, or in the gloom
Of dark myrtle grove: not even in death
Have they forgot their griefs of long ago.


We will be looking at - and singing - laments from ancient classical poetry, such as Virgil's Aeneid, quoted above, to the Irish and Scottish Gaelic tradition of keening as a way of voicing and encouraging the voiced act of loss. 

This is an online course. When you choose to buy this course, we will contact you after purchase to arrange a time to begin which suits you. You can choose between annotated responses to your poems sent to you via email, or live discussion via google hangouts (a gmail email is free and easy to sign up for).

The Art of the Lament

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